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Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road

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La Paz, Bolivia
Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road

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Overview

Summon your courage and conquer the ‘world’s most dangerous road’ on an exhilarating mountain bike tour of Bolivia’s Death Road. Follow a professional guide downhill for 40 miles on a slender and serpentine road carved into the mountainside. Marvel at sweeping vistas of snow smothered Andean peaks and dense Amazon jungle along the way and the enjoy a well-deserved rest at La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort to revitalize with lunch and observe rescued wildlife. Opt to stay overnight in the inviting accommodation of La Senda Verde or Coroico, or return to La Paz in a comfortable vehicle on the same day.
  • Experience an exhilarating mountain-biking adventure on the 'world’s most dangerous road' from La Paz
  • Hug the mountainside as you ride mostly downhill for 40 miles on an 11,800-foot descent
  • Rest at scheduled breaks, and admire dramatic changing landscapes, from snow-covered mountains to tropical jungle
  • Relax at La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort, and enjoy a pasta buffet lunch
  • Observe rescued monkeys, parrots and other wildlife at La Senda Verde
  • Top-of-the-line equipment and instruction provided by guides with an established reputation and excellent safety record
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Professional guide
Transport by minibus or small bus
Use of top end bike maintained after every ride by professional mechanics using original parts.
Lunch
Drinks and snacks
Use of High End Safety Gear (Helmet, Gloves, Knee/Elbow Pads, Pants/Jacket, etc)
Gravity Buff!
Reusable Water Bottle
Entrance into Senda Verde Animal Sanctuary
Death Road Survivor T-shirt
Gratuities
2 Entrance fee of 25 bolivianos each (approx. US$3.60) for the communities
Additional food and drinks

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7:00 AM
We will start pickups at 7:00 am and should finish around 7:45 am. Depending on the pickups on the day and the route we need to take the time for your pickup may vary, please be ready and in reception.
Greet your team of expert guides at a central La Paz location and climb aboard an air-conditioned vehicle for the hour-long ride to La Cumbre, a place whose name translates as ‘the summit’. On arrival, disembark and absorb the spectacular surroundings as your guide provides an in-depth safety briefing. Capture photographs of the low-slung clouds and forest-smothered mountains before jumping onto your bike and embarking on the ride of your life. 

Begin your death-defying descent of a serpentine road termed Camino de la Muerte, or Death Road, by Bolivian locals. Enjoy the adrenaline surges as your soar down a road christened the world’s most dangerous by numerous organizations; feel the wind in your hair and the frantic race of your heart as you descend 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) downhill. 

Stop intermittently along the way to revitalize with water and snacks and to capture photographs of the dramatic scenery. Enter the subtropics of the dense Amazonian jungle and commence the most difficult part of the ride; avert your gaze from the sheer drops of 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), beside which there appears to be little path, and focus on the refreshing mist coming from waterfalls on your right. 

Arrive at the village of Yolosa and return to the safety of a main road for the smooth ride to La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort. Revitalize with a steaming shower or plunge into the cool waters of the swimming pool, and then appease your appetite with a hearty pasta buffet. Observe a colorful tableau of rescued wildlife and take in the spectacular jungle scenery as you rest aching muscles. 

Return to the minivan for the scenic drive back to La Paz after relaxing thoroughly. Opt to stay over night in La Senda Verde or venture to Coroico, a beautiful town surrounded by the verdant splendor of the jungle.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
La Cumbre
We drive up to the stunning pass where we get our top of the line Kona full suspension bikes and safety gear before having a detailed safety speech and heading down!
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
WMDR Yungas Road
The World Famous Death Road! Make sure you do it with a reputable company with a great safety record. There are no safety standards for operators, so choose wisely as this is a once in a lifetime ride!
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
San Juan waterfalls
The georgeous waterfalls that we not only see but ride through! Here we have a snack before heading on!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Cotapata National Park
The stunning beauty of the Andes is on display as we ride down from 4800m.
Pass By:  
Yolosa
This is where the ride ends and we go to the amazing Animal Refuge!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Approximate riding time is 4-5 hours
  • 90% of the ride is downhill
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Suitable for both beginners and experts
  • A good level of fitness is required
  • All passenger heights, glove size and helmet size must be advised at time of booking
  • Insurance company details and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Note: Return times vary depending on traffic.You will be back in La Paz between 8pm and 10pm
  • This tour is operated by Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, a company widely recognized for maintaining the highest levels of safety standards and equipment
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Death Road, Bolivia: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road.

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star-5
Great experience
Michael_H
, May 2022
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
star-5
Cruising down the mountains in style !!
Sophie_M
, Mar 2020
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 !!!
star-5
Do this tour!
mark_M
, Dec 2019
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
What a fun ride!
Teresablu
, Aug 2019
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!
star-5
Don't miss out on this. The group...
Srinivasa S
, Mar 2018
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!
star-3
Weeks before the tour I was...
Arnar S
, Feb 2018
Weeks before the tour I was contacted. A confirmation was required. A strange request as I had already paid the tour in full. I was instructed to show up with a copy of my pasport. I still do not know what that was good for. Emphasis was put on punctuality. Approximately ten minutes past departure time a fellow showed up in the tiny cafe, the meeting point. He did not introduce himself. He turned out to be one of the two guides. The tour was delayed by one hour. The bus was uncomfortable, no seat belts. That is utterly irresponsible in the dangerous traffic in Bolivia. The first mentioned guide was in charge. And he seemed to like it, even to the point of demanding good rewiews of the tour or none. Introducing himself and the others he excluded one of the participants. Keeping people in line was obviously important. Using derogatory remarks to that end is not acceptable behaviour. Neither is unmoderated circumstances taken into account bear drinking before the tour is over. Both guides seemed to know their bicycle-ology, checking the condition of the bikes. The bikes were suberb, great tools. All the other equipment was very satisfactory. The guides were helpful and politely instructive in finding the gear that fitted best. The ride itself was fantastic, too many stops though and repeatedly drawing attention to the fact that the road was windy and uneven was rather tidious. Everyone knew that. I felt my life more endangered in the bus on the roads than on the marvellous bike on the Death Road itself. The sandwich handed out in tne bus was dry as a dessert and untasty. The food served at the animal refugee was okey, the glass of cold bear was a delight as were the showers. The meeting point seemed to be the natural drop off point too. The guide disagreed. The participants were dropped of in the middle of the extremely chaotic city, La Paz, where the tour operator found it convenient.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was an amazing day. Our guide...
Ryan D
, Jan 2018
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic tour, safe, organized, and...
Christina T
, Nov 2017
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.
star-5
This tour, with Gravity La Paz was...
Rebecca B
, Oct 2017
This tour, with Gravity La Paz was amazing! Our guide Noel was fantastic a really nice guy and the perfect combination of fun and professional which is important considering the potential safety hazards of this activity. The bike was in good condition and appropriate for the ride, the optional safety gear gloves, pants and jacket were much appreciated and the compulsory helmet properly fitted. Any assistance required was given including bike repairs for flat tyres and medical attention. Our bus driver Willy was awesome, who followed us as the safety vehicle the whole way down and then took us back up Death Road in the dark afterwards! The snacks and lunch provided were great and plenty of water was available to refill bottles. The ride itself was amazing - the scenery incredible and the degree of difficulty moderately challenging however the potential consequences quite serious. I would definitely suggest that to enjoy this experience to the fullest, participants should be fairly familiar with and confident on a bike. An excellent Bolivian adventure!
star-5
The death road tour was amazing, and...
Dan
, Oct 2017
The death road tour was amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone considering doing it. There were lots of other people offering similar tours, but this one stood out they were well organised, focused on the safety of everyone in the group and had great quality equipment bikes, clothes etc. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and always ready to help. They took care to make sure that everyone in the group which had a variety of ages and skill was comfortable and went the extra mile during the cycle to keep the group together, and briefed on what each section of Death Road entailed. The ride itself is mostly downhill, so fitness isn't a huge factor. With steep hills and lots of turns, this trip is great for people looking for a bit of adventure. Really glad I booked this trip, was a highlight of my trip so far!
star-5
This was my favorite day of my trip...
valerie_f
, Oct 2017
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.
star-5
This is a very well organized tour...
Kelly_O
, Feb 2017
This is a very well organized tour. It's for adrenaline junkies, mountain bikers, and really, anyone afraid of heights that wants to challenge themselves. I fall in the latter category. My husband, meanwhile, falls in the former. We lucked out with the weather and were treated to clear skies and breathtaking views -- in January, no less. Our guides were Robbie and William, and we couldn't have asked for anyone better. Our driver was Cumpa, and does he know how to drive! From start to finish, the tour was wonderful. Robbie was excellent about allaying my fears of falling off the side of a cliff. They're total pros. On the downhill ride down the WMDR, you stop at 8-10 points along the road, where Robbie gives you a brief overview of what might be coming -- is there a wipeout corner, a waterfall, a stream? He tells you all about what to expect so that you can take it as safely as possible. The other great thing is that they don't rush you -- you can go at your own pace. There's always someone at the front of the group, and then a guide at the back of the group usually, unless they need to go up ahead to take pictures of the group. If there is no guide at the back, you can rest assured that the van is following and will come to your aid if something goes awry which nothing did!. All in all, it was an amazing day and I was able to overcome my fears and feel a sense of accomplishment. Safety is Gravity's biggest concern and it's absolutely evident in the way their tours are organized. We would definitely do another trip with Robbie and crew again, the next time we visit Bolivia.
star-4
I had a great time on the Death Road...
Poppy G
, Nov 2016
I had a great time on the Death Road Tour. I felt 100 safe at all times and the guides and driver were safe, helpful, and professional. The guides even took pictures and uploaded them to Google Drive after our tour. So don't bother bringing a camera unless it's small as plenty of pictures will be taken along the way. Also, be sure to bring a change of clothes. At the end of the tour, there are showers with hot water...yes!! and you'll definitely want to take advantage of them after cycling half of the day. The only thing that keeps me from giving this review 5 stars is the following: When I originally booked my tour, the tour company, Gravity, offered hotel pickup. However, some time between my booking and my tour date, they changed their policy. AND they did not notify me that pickup was now in a central location. The location was convenient to my hotel, so no biggie. But, the fact that the company NEVER contacted me to let me know is a bit problematic. I found out that their policy had changed after I emailed them to confirm the time. Definitely not a professional way to do business.
star-5
Awesome. The ride down was great...
Thomas W
, Jun 2016
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.
star-5
An awesome day with beautiful views...
Charlothe B
, Mar 2016
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!
star-5
Excellent in every way. Amazing...
Nicholas B
, Mar 2016
Excellent in every way. Amazing ride, amazing views, amazing guide Matt from Gravity. Everything
star-4
Gravity really focuses on safety...
sandy u
, Dec 2015
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.
star-5
Quite the ride! Go with Gravity, our...
Max M
, Nov 2015
Quite the ride! Go with Gravity, our guide Kieran was fantastic!
star-4
If u enjoy mountain biking then this...
Eddy O
, Jun 2015
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
star-5
Thanks to Ansel and Steven for the...
patricio u
, May 2015
Thanks to Ansel and Steven for the great time I had. I would do it again. Patricio Uribe

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