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The most dangerous route on Earth: This is one of the most popular places in the world to let loose on mountain bike rides! The route starts sky high - at 4,700 metres - and descends dramatically, passing through clouds, under waterfalls, through streams of water, and past amazing views. See the spectacular, giant mountains of the Andes, and the beautiful, lush Amazon.
All year round
Little Italy Restaurant, Calle Tarija 211, La Paz
Little Italy Restaurant, Calle Tarija 211, La Paz
7:30AM: Meet at Little Italy - Address: Calle Tarija 211, on the corner of Calle Murillo.
9:00AM: After you’ve met your guide and the rest of the group (no more than 7 people per guide; max of 14 people in a group with 2 guides), we drive to the summit. There, you get all your gear, including your bikes (full suspension or hard tail). After a detailed safety speech and some training on your bike (with guides who speak excellent English), the decent begins.
10:30AM: The first 20km are on a paved tarmac road, which gives you the opportunity to practice all the techniques that the guides will teach you. You’ll also get a feel for your bike, their super strong Hayes Hydraulic Disc Brakes, and the silky-smooth suspension. After a few stops to take in the stunning views, the tarmac leads us to Unduavi, where everyone must pay an entrance fee (Bs25) to enter the National Park. This money goes to the upkeep of the road. We’ll get in the bus for a quick 10km section, which is uphill.
11:00AM: After a nice snack, there’ll be another safety briefing, before starting on the old road. No more tarmac, we are now on Death Road! The narrow ledge of road winds its way through some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Though it is dangerous, we’ll give all the instructions and equipment you need to make it down safely and comfortably.
12:30PM: After several stops, with breath taking views and great photo opportunities, we reach San Juan Waterfalls. Here we have another snack. This stunning viewpoint not only offers a great spot for some photos of these spectacular waterfalls, but we also get a chance to ride through them! From here, the sections of the ride get longer, and there are parts where you can ride a bit faster if you want. If not, there is no rush, you can go as fast as you feel comfortable going.
2:30PM: After the last few sections - which include some awesome river crossings - we reach the end of this remarkable ride! Look around! You are now in the jungle - it’s hard to imagine that just earlier in the morning we were high up in the mountains!
3:30PM: We pedal over to our lunch spot, which is the residence of a local sculptor, whose house seems to be his grand masterpiece! Here, you can take a hot shower. After the meal, you can head off to our natural pool in the river for a dip, or lounge around the jungle house and play some pool. Alternatively, for an additional cost, why not ride the 1.5km Flying Fox Zipline if you are in need of more adrenaline? Also for an additional cost, you can choose to visit the beautiful Animal Refuge at La Senda Verde, where you will get a tour of their facilities, and a chance to play with the friendly monkeys.
6:20PM: We drive back up the road, where you get to see all the views you may have missed on the ride down. Our guides also fill you in on the scary stories you did not want to hear earlier! When we get to La Paz, we drop you off near your hostel / hotel.
For those that wish to finish at Coroico instead of coming back to La Paz: After the visit to Yolosa, the tour guide can organize a taxi for you to Coroico. The cost of the taxi is 40 - 45 Bs per ride.
- Please inform us of your insurance details. If you do not have an insurance, go to the FAQ section.
-Tour is only available for those of 18 years or over
Meet at Little Italy - Address: Calle Tarija 211, on the corner of Calle Murillo
Drive to the summit, get all your gear and have a safety talk
Learn techniques from the guides on a paved tarmac road
Another safety briefing and a snack; then you will start Death Road
Reach San Juan Waterfalls, another snack
Pass through some awesome river crossings
Home-cooked pasta and salad for lunch; then head to the natural pool and have a shower
Drive back to La Paz
20:30 - 21:00
Arrive to La Paz
- Private transport (a support vehicle throughout the duration of the tour)
- A Death Road t-shirt
- A link to photos and videos (Dropbox & online Cloud storage) on the day of the tour
- Bern helmet
- Integral helmet - full face (a choice)
- Knee & elbow pads
- A safety jacket and trousers suitable for the wind (not waterproof)
- Optional waterproof jackets
- 2 snacks and fresh water throughout the day
- Buffet lunch
- Hot showers, shampoo and towels
- Private transport back to La Paz
- Entrance fee 25 Bs
- Exit fee 25 Bs
- Transfer to Coroico
- You must bring a change of clothes (you will pass through small waterfalls and streams; there is mud and dust)
- It is necessary to have an insurance to do this tour
Note: Tour is only available for those of 18 years or over
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: If you change before 6:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins or earlier, a 35% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% change fee.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins or earlier, a 35% 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.
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 is the difference between Hard Tail and Full Suspension?
Our Full-Suspension bikes have super reinforced frame, wide downhill style handlebars and both front and rear suspension (shocks) that absorb all the nasty bumps you´ll see on Death Road, so the bike travels smoothly down the road and you don´t get bumped, knocked and jolted around for the 5 hour trip! If you are inexperienced on a mountain bike you need to know that the rough conditions of the road often result in more discomfort, fatigue and crashes for riders on Hard Tails (Basic Bicycle with 8 speeds and hydraulic brakes). We recommend that only experienced and fit mountain bikers sign up for the Hard Tail (Basic Bicycle, with only front suspension). If you are a nervous, less experienced, less fit, or average cyclist we highly recommend that you sign up for the extra comfort, stability and security offered by our super smooth Full-Suspension bikes.
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).
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.
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. If you do not have insurance, we can provide you with one for the duration of 3 days for an additional fee: $24USD: up to $1,600USD in medical expenses - $27USD: up to $2,000USD in medical expenses - $31USD: up to $3,000USD in medical expenses. The insurance can be paid in cash to the guide on the day of your tour. In order to buy the insurance, you will need your passport, or a copy of it. Note: if you are in an accident, there is an extra cost of $50USD that you must pay to the clinic for administration costs.
I heard I can finish this tour in Coroico... Is that possible?
It is possible to finish at Coroico instead of coming back to La Paz. After the visit to Yolosa, the tour guide can organize a taxi for you to Coroico, the cost of the taxi is 40 - 45 Bs per ride.
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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How will I receive the link with the photos of the tour?
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