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Nov 23, 2013 - Monkey Magic

I awoke to a monkey trying to get into my treehouse, apparently one of the spider monkeys gives all the doors a try first thing in the morning. I got up had breakfast and sat down waiting for a tour of the place. A coati came along and sat on my lap. A coati is a kind of raccoon looking thing. I think it wanted food, but I had none. I then did a tour of La Sende Verde and visited the temporary aviaries for the smaller parrots and birds, I saw a few other things like the caiman and the hundreds or tortoise and turtles. The macaws and...

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Nov 22, 2013 - WMDR

It was an early rise this morning for a downhill ride on the worlds most dangerous road (WMDR) according to someone with some authority who declared it as much. Unlike everyone who’d try to shrug such titles, this one has stuck and now a tourist attraction in its own right. I caught a taxi to our rendezvous point, a local coffee place with the Canadian couple I met the day before (Mike and Andrea). The place already had a few downhiller’s awaiting their fate, and our guide, a young adventurous Andy turned up to get us all going. The bus...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Death Road

It was an early wake-up to head off to our deathly bike ride. For anyone that has been to Maui - picture the Haleakala Volcano bike ride mixed with the Road to Hana times about 100. It's insane! Here is the Wikipedia link about the road to give you an overall idea of the road http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungas_Road A new road has since been built, which has lessened the death rate on this road and also makes it safer for bikers. We loaded into the van, which was surprisingly full of Irish people, a couple of guys from Holland, and a...

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Nov 12, 2012 - Coroico

Avant d'arriver à la Paz, nous avons fait encore un arrêt dans les Yungas, à Coroico. Nous en avions bien besoin, car le trajet pour venir jusqu'ici depuis Rurrenabaque était le pire de tout le voyage. Ici, les réservations de bus ne sont pas informatisées et lorsqu'on achète le ticket, ils ne peuvent pas encore nous donner de numéro de siège. C'est seulement lorsque le bus arrive qu'une personne regarde les places libres et attribue ensuite les numéros. Malheureusement pour nous, notre bus venait de Guayaramerin et les seules places...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Bolivia: El Choro Trek

Going from 15,000 feet on the spine of the Cordillera Range of the Andes down to 5,000 feet in the humid "Yungas" region (cloudforest), we trekked 43 kilometers for 3 days. The first day we started out walking on snow and ended up in the jungle, passing glaciers, wild llamas and pre-inca ruins. By the third day we were among banana and avocado trees, parrots, and an beautiful stretch of amaryllis flowers. We chatted with a well-traveled, 80-year old Japanese man who fell in love with area 40 years ago and never left. We finished up in the...

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Aug 1, 2008 - BOLIVIA - The World's Most Dangerous Road

Worlds Most Dangerous Road and Coroico Background: Bolivia has a famous single lane road which descends from 4600 m altitude to 1100 m over a distance of 64 km. The road has the highest fatality rate in the world which includes 14 bike riders dying whilst riding down. We took the most reputable outfits in town to guide us down the hell raising hairpin turns with up to 800 feet sheer drops on our side. The road finishes near a clifftop village called Coroico which we stayed in for the night. Highlights: • The road is really amazing and is...

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Jul 24, 2008 - Riding the Worlds Most Dangerous Road

A short trip away from La Paz is one of the main "attractions" of La Paz. A 64 km cycle through some of the most stunning scenery in South America. However, its not the scenery that brings cyclists to this particular road. This road is regarded as the "World Most Dangerous Road". Why? Because a fateful accident occurs here once every few weeks and its said up to 300 people a year die using this road! So now it has become high on the agenda of backpackers through South America, so we both thought we´d give it a go! The cycle starts high in...

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Apr 30, 2008 - Mountains and Bicycles

Since the last update we have climbed Pequenya Alpamayo 5400m and Huayana Potosi 6088m, although we didn't stand on the summit of the latter as we hadn't appeased the goddess. In between we cycled down ´The Worlds Most Dangerous Road´ which is a bit of a misnomer as its more like the ´Worlds Most Dangerous Drivers´ on that road! It descends from around 4700m to 1000m in 40 odd km to a village called Coroico. Fortunately for bikers most of the traffic now goes down the new road making the blind bends on the precipitous road a little less of...

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Mar 11, 2008 - Coroico

Spent a couple of days in Coroico in the Yungas. This is an area where Coca is grown in abundance on steep terraces cut into the hillsides, Walked up the mountain behind the town (Cerro Uchumachi, 2480m) and we were adopted by one of the local dogs who accompanied us to the top and back. Very heavy rain the night before we left meant that the journey back to La Paz was pretty dodgy. Although a new road has been built to provide an alternative to the worlds most dangerous road, the initial part of the journey was on a single track mud road...

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Jan 6, 2008 - Coroico

Gisteren de Coroico of de death road gedaan. Om 07.00 was er ontbijt en daarna met een bus met de fietsen boven op het dak naar La Cumbre gereden op 4700m hoogte. Het weer was opnieuw slecht. Boven viel er smeltende sneeuw die naarmate we wat zakten overging in regen. Pas op 5 km van het einde van de rit, op 1100m, hield het op met regenen. Het eerste gedeelte van het traject van zowat 70km is geasfalteerd en in dit stuk komen er ook enkele km bergop voor. Gelukkig had ik naast het voorziene materiaal bij de tocht de nodige voorzorgen...

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May 12, 2007 - Bolivia, Coroico/¨World's Most Dangerous Road¨ - May 10-11

The World's Most Dangerous Road was the name of the mountain biking trip we took with Gravity Assisted. And the name is an accurate description. From La Cumbre the highest point at 4,700m, we hurtled down 3,600m to where the road ends at Yolosa, 1,100m. Over 64km of dirt road, skirting cliff edges, very very deep ravines and lots of pesky pigs to avoid. So much fun! Given our experience until now with hiring bikes in South America it did take a while to get used to being on really quite decent bikes and the great full suspension, disc brake...

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