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Dec 28, 2006 - Cycling Down The World's Most Dangerous Road From La Cumbre To Coroico

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2006. CYCLING DOWN THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD. One of the things to do while in La Paz is to ride a mountain bike down the world's most dangerous road. It's called the most dangerous road because every year dozens of people die on this road due largely to reckless driving. The ride starts at Cumbre, just outside of La Paz, at 4,670 meters, and goes 63 kilometers downhill to the town of Yolosa, at 1,120 meters, a descent of over 3,500 meters. I decided to go with Chacaltaya Tours, one of many companies that offer...

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Oct 29, 2005 - Coroico

Coroico was where we reunited after the Death Road and where we relaxed for a few days among the beautiful scenery. Shame our hostel didn't match its surroundings, probably one of the worst we've stayed in. So not wanting to stay indoors, we took to the hills for some tranquil walks, admiring the views and stopping for a picnic lunch at one of the nearby waterfalls. Back in town we were a bit bored as it was so quiet, especially after the adrenaline pumping Death Road experience. Maybe we should have come on the weekend when hoards of...

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Oct 27, 2005 - The Death Road

Every year around 100 people die on this, the World's Most Dangerous Road! The sheer drops, blind bends and manic drivers make travelling this road a death wish. Whose crazy idea was it to turn it into a tourist activity? Attracted by the thrill of dancing with death, Greg took up the challenge and cycled the 80km downhill. Amy was a little more sensible and decided to take the bus and meet Greg at the bottom. Starting at an altitude of 3,700m in the freezing clouds and finishing in tropical temperatures at 1,100m the scenery was...

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Aug 15, 2005 - Death Road

Monday morning a little van picked us up for our mountain bike trip down the "Death Road".... the world's most dangerous road. The title is a result of two factors. First, it descends over 10,000 feet in just 67km with sheer rock drop offs of over 3,000 feet, it is as little as 3 meters (9 1/2 feet) wide at some points with little waterfalls, blind corners and few turnouts. There is two-way traffic of mostly large trucks, tourbuses ..... and oh yeah.... mountainbikes. Secondly, about 200 die each year in accidents dotting the side of the...

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Lima to Rio

Aug 2, 2005 - Bolivia: Coroico

All the mountain biking tours finish in one of the local hotels where you get to have showers, lunch and a swim in a pool before you're taken back up. We were driven to Coroico, 8km away and taken to the Hotel Gloria which once was probably a very grand place in it's hey day, but over the years it has been outshone by many competitors and is a bit neglected and in need of a paint job..but we loved it's tatty charm and it had great showers. We had lunch and we given our free "I'm mad but alive" type T.Shirts and went to sit by the pool -...

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Jul 1, 2005 - Coroico

The 70km trek ended in Choro and then a bumbpy 4x4 ride took us to the attractive town of Coroico where we had a drink before boarding the bus back to La Paz. The bus ride back was horrendous along the world's most dangerous road in the dark. The road was narrow and followed a sharp drop off the cliff. It was jammed with lorrys and buses trying to go in both in both directions. No driver wanted to pass on the cliff side so the traffic was constantly at a stand still with a lot of heated arguments occuring. We had to get out of the bus twice...

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Feb 8, 2005 - Coroico and the road of death!!!!

The Death road Well we didn`t see any deaths today thank goodness, but we did suffer a landslide which delayed our adventure for about an hour while the bulldozer tried to clear it. We set off very early in the morning to drive to 4700m where we unloaded ourselves into the snow and tried not to freeze to death. Then we all set off down the nicely paved road for about 20 Km and then it started to rain. Well! Not a very happy girl when I am cold and wet I can tell you. Still, the road suddenly turned into a mud bath and water was cascading...

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