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In red the cycling section, in green the Bolivian National Route 3

The Yungas Road is a cycle route about 60 km long which links the city of La Paz and the Yungas region of Bolivia. The route includes the Cotapata-Santa Bárbara section that replaced the old "Road of Death", currently reserved exclusively for cycling activities.

The road was built in the 1930. Because of steep slopes, a narrow single track, lack of guardrails, rain, and fog, the road was considered dangerous.[1] Despite its nickname, it was not the most dangerous road in the region.[2]

Unlike the rest of the country, traffic was left-hand, to allow the driver to assess the distance of their outer wheel from the edge of the road.[3]

Today it draws about 25,000 tourists per year[1] and is a major La Paz tourist attraction.[4] Many tour operators cater to downhill mountain biking, providing information, guides, transport and equipment. At least 18 cyclists have died on the road since 1998.[1] The tourist route is a 64 km long road with 3500 metres of descent.[5]

An alternative new route was built during a 20-year period ending in 2006. The modernization included enlarging the carriageway from one to two lanes; asphalt paving; bridges, drainage, guardrails, and the building of a new section between Chusquipata and Yolosa, bypassing the most dangerous sections of the original road.



  1. ^ a b c Geoghegan, Tom (16 May 2010). "Cycling the world's most dangerous road". BBC News Online. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ Villa, Micaela. "Se reducen los accidentes en las carreteras paceñas". La Razón. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ "North Yungas Road - Bolivia's Most Treacherous Road". worldatlas. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Death Road Tours". Bolivia Hop. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Death Road / Itinerary". Barracuda Biking. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

Coordinates: 16°20′09.26″S 68°02′25.78″W / 16.3359056°S 68.0404944°W / -16.3359056; -68.0404944