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

Death Road (North Yungas Road)

Free admission
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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Great experience
Michael_H, May 2022
Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
The tour was very professionally organised with everything explained very well and all safety measures explained. The guides jubert, Johnny and Ruben were great. If you listen to the guides you will have no problem with death road. I would highly recommend this tour
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Cruising down the mountains in style !!
Sophie_M, Mar 2020
Death Road, Bolivia: 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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Do this tour!
mark_M, Dec 2019
Death Road, Bolivia: 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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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