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Death Road (North Yungas Road)
Death Road (North Yungas Road)

Death Road (North Yungas Road)

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Yungas Road, La Paz, Bolivia

The Basics

Bike tours of Death Road (North Yungas Road)start at La Cumbre Pass, saving riders the long uphill climb from La Paz into the surrounding mountains. From there, you’ll pass streaming waterfalls, big views, and nearly vertical slopes as you follow the road through a series of hairpin curves. The 40-mile (64-kilometer) ride is almost entirely downhill, and most tours conclude with a stop to eat, relax, and shower at a hotel in the Yungas before the return trip by vehicle to La Paz.

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Recent reviews from experiences in La Paz

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Cruising down the mountains in style !!
Sophie_M, Mar 2020
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
What an incredible, breathtaking experience !!! I had the time of my life riding down the most dangerous road in the world ! I was in a group of 6 travelers and 2 guides, who were very competent and give lots of safety guidance so I felt safe and in control. The scenery of the mountains and cliffs were incredible and you also have a lots of pictures as souvenirs in the end. I highly recommend it !!!
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Don't miss out on this. The group...
Srinivasa S, Mar 2018
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Don't miss out on this. The group takes good care for your safety. Make sure to bring some cash so you can go ziplining over the amazon!
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This was an amazing day. Our guide...
Ryan D, Jan 2018
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
This was an amazing day. Our guide Neil was great, he was friendly, he gave us warnings when their were obstacles in the road, and he was very clear in his safety instructions. The bikes we had were really good, and were clearly better than other groups we saw. The meal at the end was pretty good, and the hot showers were great. This was the highlight of Bolivia for my wife and I, and was much better than a similar bike ride we took in Peru.
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Awesome. The ride down was great...
Thomas W, Jun 2016
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Awesome. The ride down was great. The van ride up after was truly terrifying. Robbie, the guide, was very professional and safety-minded. Also, he was very informative. When I go back to Bolivia, I will definitely do this again.
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Gravity really focuses on safety...
sandy u, Dec 2015
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Gravity really focuses on safety, our guide really knew his stuff so felt I was in safe hands. AlwAys a bonus to have someone with a sense of humour. Beautiful scenery, the bikes were highly reliable. It was daunting at first, but once you're on your way the thrill takes over.
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Do this tour!
Mark M, Dec 2019
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
One of the best day tours I’ve ever done. Gravity Bolivia are absolute professionals, best bikes and support team. Gary was the guide, total professional, very knowledgeable and made the tour great for all riders as everyone were at different ability levels. Bonus of the day was Santi the bus driver drove back up death road so we got to go down on bikes and back up on the bus AMAZING experience.
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What a fun ride!
Teresablu, Aug 2019
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
We were 4 people with mountain bike experience varying from beginner to advanced. Our guides were very accommodating and helpful. I never felt in danger!
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This was my favorite day of my trip...
Valerie F, Oct 2017
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
This was my favorite day of my trip to the salt plains and la paz. It was so much fun and thrilling. A must do if you are ever in La Paz.
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Fantastic tour, safe, organized, and...
Christina T, Nov 2017
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Fantastic tour, safe, organized, and truly excellent, knowledgable guide with Scotty from Scotland. Highly highly recommend this tour. Brand new bikes through Kona and excellent gear, guidance and equipment.
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Excellent in every way. Amazing...
Nicholas B, Mar 2016
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Excellent in every way. Amazing ride, amazing views, amazing guide Matt from Gravity. Everything
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An awesome day with beautiful views...
Charlothe B, Mar 2016
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
An awesome day with beautiful views over the incredible landscapes around death road. Gravity was a good and serious company with great equipment and the bikes was perfect for this roads. Good lunch at the end of the tour. The guide made us feel really safe. Definitely worth the extra bucks!
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If u enjoy mountain biking then this...
Eddy O, Jun 2015
Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
If u enjoy mountain biking then this is the best tour. Excellent equipment! Scenery was out of this World! Wasn't able to take pictures while riding so the company took them but still waiting to get the link on DropBox to view them a long time. I'm not a mountain biker so a little scary

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You don’t need to be an expert cyclist to ride Death Road(North Yungas Road), but it’s important to feel confident on a bike.

  • Temperatures can vary dramatically from the beginning to the end of the ride, so bring layered clothing that you can shed while descending.

  • While the first part of the road is paved, it turns to dirt as you approach the Yungas, so many tour operators offer bicycles with front suspension that can absorb shocks.

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How to Get There

Flanked by snowy mountains, the starting point of La Cumbre Pass is about one hour from La Paz by car. Tours of Death Road (North Yungas Road) provide return transport to La Paz, but if you’re hoping to spend time in the warm, low-altitude climate of the Yungas, it may be possible to request drop-off at hotels in Coroico instead.

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When to Get There

Bolivia’s winter, which is also the dry season, runs from May through October; a trip to La Paz during these months often means clear, cold weather. November through March brings rain and warmer temperatures, and roads can be muddy, particularly in December, January, and February. Tours of Death Road are held year-round.

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Is Death Road Dangerous?

Once notorious for tragic traffic accidents, Death Road became considerably safer when a paved highway detour opened in 2007, diverting most trucks and buses from the old road. That said, it’s a steep road with no guard rails, and serious bicycle accidents happen almost every year. For a safe, fun experience, double-check your equipment before departure and ride with caution.

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