Local guides who speak English and are trained in first aid & rescue
Professional bike mechanics accompany each group. Free t-shirt after tour
We maintain the highest guide to rider ratio on Death Road
Take a trip down one of the most dangerous roads in the world. A visit to Bolivia is not complete without experiencing the thrill of Death Road, and the beauty of its surrounding scenery. The spirit of Altitude Adventures ensures that you’ll have the time of your life, and an experience you’ll never forget!
All year round
La Paz hotel and hostel pickup
La Paz hotel and hostel drop-off
Hotel and Hostel Pick-up
7:00 am: Following your pickup, our team and our guides will prepare everything you need for this adventure. We start from the city of La Paz, which is at a height of 3,600 metres altitude (11,810 feet), at the foot of the Andes Mountains or Cordillera Real. We’ll drive directly towards the summit, which is at 4,700 m (15,420 feet). Once we're out of La Paz, you’ll be able to appreciate the desert flora and fauna of the plateau, and the snowy mountains of the Cordillera Real.
9:00 am: The specialized equipment will be prepared, ready for your adventure. The guides will ensure everything is secure, explain what is to come, and answer any questions. Here we'll have a hot snack.
10:00 am: The bike adventure starts in cold weather and on flat tarmac, until we reach the town of Unduavi (narcotics and revision control motorized transport only). We take a short break with a mid-morning snack.
10:30 am: The dirt road begins at a height of 2,700 metres above sea level, in this subtropical place. At the beginning of the Bolivian jungle, exactly where the paved road ends, begins the most dangerous road in the world, known as the “road of death”. A dirt road with an accompanying amazing view is what this adventure is about. The guides will show you how to carefully cycle down through rivers, waterfalls, and alongside the wide variety of flora and fauna that's present.
12:30 pm: You’ll get a well-deserved, 20-minute break, with accompanying refreshments. At 1:45 pm, we’ll finally arrive at the bridge, a place with warm weather, and the end point of our adventure - cycling at an altitude of 1,200 m (3,940 feet). We'll move to Hotel Villa Verde, located just 5 minutes from Coroico. Here we can use the showers, and enjoy lunch and good weather by the pool.
16:30 pm: We return to the city of La Paz on one of Bolivia's newest roads, Cotapata Santa Barbara. The journey and transport is very safe, with 2 lanes (downstream and upstream).
20:00 pm: We arrive back to La Paz.
Hotel and Hostel Drop-off
07:00 - 07:30
Hotel and hostel pickup
Departure towards "La Cumbre"
Breakfast at "La Cumbre", preparation and information for the tour
Arrival to Chuspipata, and the beginning of Death Road
Arrival to the hotel: rest, shower, enjoy a delicious buffet, relax by the swimming pool
Departure to La Paz in our vehicle, enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscapes
Arrival back to La Paz
- Equipment: Full face or open face helmet, gloves, jacket, and trousers (pants)
- All the water you need
- 3 snacks
- A nice place to end the tour with a pool and hot showers
- All-you-can-eat buffet
- A T-shirt to attest that you rode the world's most dangerous road!
- A CD with the pictures and videos of your ride
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fee 25 Bs
- Exit fee 25 Bs
- Extra clothes and shoes
- Rain coat
- Insect repellent
- Extra cash (for tips, personal expenses and entrance fees to the road)
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: If you change the tour date before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 60% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% change fee.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 60% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator’s pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by, and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
How safe is Death Road?
With our professional equipment, your positive attitude, and our expert instruction, coaching, and supervision, you can safely enjoy some of South America's most dramatic and beautiful scenery as you hurtle down the road. On top of that, you should note that since March 2007, the majority of traffic has stopped driving down Death Road, and now takes a new route... Leaving Death Road for us to enjoy, without having to battle the trucks, buses and cars! Before the actual start of the tour, you will of course get the chance to practice using your mountain bike.
What happens if it rains on the day of our Death Road trip?
From the beginning of December until the end of February, it is the rainy season in Bolivia. If you can, you should try to do the ride outside of that season. But if you cannot change your travel itinerary, you can still do the trip! Rain does not stop the tour from going ahead, unless it is so bad that the guides consider it to be too dangerous - we have not known this to happen, ever. You are provided with wet weather gear (a jacket and trousers) and goggles, so that rain and mud don't get in your eyes. If things get muddy, of course that can slow things down, but it does not stop the trip from going ahead. You cannot decide to cancel on the day because you don't want to get wet, sorry!
What should I bring to the tour?
As you will pass through small waterfalls and streams, and as there is a lot of mud and dust on the road, you must bring a change of clothes. Also, don’t forget to bring some warm clothes, as the tour starts in a cold area (at 4,700 metres above sea level), closed shoes (no flip-flops), sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and bathing clothes.
Do I need to bring extra money?
Yes. Please note that the Municipality of Coroico introduced a small charge for bikers riding the “World´s Most Dangerous Road”. It is 50 Bs now – 25 Bs at the start of the road, and 25 Bs at the end of the road. The money raised from this entrance fee will be used to fund much needed infrastructure projects such as: cleaning public toilets on the route, safety, emergency and rescue facilities, and road maintenance (since the road is not used by many vehicles now, without this fee it could be closed without maintenance).
Are the bikes safe?
We have a group of mechanics who maintain the bikes on a daily basis. A mechanic will also be present on every tour, so if anything should go wrong there’ll be someone who can fix the issue. Otherwise, we’ll give you a replacement bike.
Are the guides trained in first aid?
The guides are all trained in First Aid and Rescue. We have assessed all the risks, and have systems to minimize these risks. When things do go wrong, we have a professional team that will care for you, from the time of the accident to recovery. We also have access to the best clinic and doctors in La Paz.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, you will need to provide us with your insurance details.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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What is the difference between Specialised and Transition Bikes?
Both of them are professional mountain bikes. The specialized bike has double front suspension and one rear suspension, with hydraulic disc brakes. This bike is well known worldwide for its comfort and safety. However, the transition one has only front and rear suspension, with hydraulic disk brakes.
When will I receive my CD with the photos of the tour?
You will receive a CD with the photos and videos at the end of the tour.