I finally found my Death Road photos 18 months after finishing the South American trip.
Looking back at these photos, I can not believe I moutain biked downhill for 65km along the world’s most dangerous road, nicknamed Death Road in Bolivia, South America. And I’ve got the t-shirt to prove it!
The first 20km of Death Road is tarmac, the remaining 45km is gravel. Loose, gravel. Hit the brakes too sharply and there’s a good chance you’ll skid and keep skidding right over the edge.
The ride starts near glaciers and finishes 1200m below in the tropics.
It was pretty cool seeing the terrain change on the way down. I was keep a close eye on the terrain on the edge of the road that’s for sure.
About half way into the ride, I remember relaxing into it and really enjoying it. The first half I was a white knuckled scaredy cat!
Some buses and trucks still use this road, which makes things interesting if not hairy.
This one above is a reassuring sight…not!
This photo freaks me out. I still can’t believe I did this.
The little white speck in that photo above is a van. That’ll put this photo into perspective.
Death Road in Boliva, absolute Madness.
Madness Bolivia are one of the better tour companies offering moutain biking down Death Road. My advice, DONT skimp on this tour – choose a quality tour operator. You’ve seen the sheers cliffs above – do you really want a rubbish mountain bike with brakes that stick or worse, don’t work at all? I didn’t think so… !
Death Road Tours run by Madness Tours
Av 16 de Julio (El Prado), Edif avenida No 1490 PB, La Paz
Tel: 591-2 239 1810