All guides are bilingual and are trained in First Aid and rescue
All brakes on the bikes used by Vertigo Biking are changed every 2 days
Has been operating tours to Death Road for 7 years
This amazing bike ride is on the World’s Most Dangerous Road, one of the most scenic roads on Earth. You will ride downhill for 3500m, and with a vertical drop of 67 km. Tarmac (25%) and dirt (75 %) surfaces begin at 4700m in the highlands (La Cumbre), and finish at 1200m in Yolosa. During this ride, you will have incredible views of waterfalls, exotic vegetation, rivers, valleys and the Andean Mountains. All this in only 4 hours of biking!
All year round
Vertigo Biking Bolivia's office, Melchor Jimenez 836, La Paz
Vertigo Biking Bolivia's office, Melchor Jimenez 836, La Paz
VERTIGO BIKING BOLIVIA
Route: La Paz - La Cumbre - Summit of Chuspipata - Yolosa - Santa Barbara - La Paz
The meeting point is 7:45am at the office. We will depart from La Paz to "La Cumbre" in our mini-bus. Upon arrival at "La Cumbre", there will be a briefing about the rules from our guides.
We will continue to the Unduavi Checkpoint, where you will have to pay an entrance fee (25Bs). Then we will carry on to the summit of Chuspipata, and begin biking downhill on Death Road. At around 12:30pm, there will be a short break and a snack. After the break, we will continue cycling, then there’ll be another short break. We will keep biking until Yolosa, which is the end of Death Road.
After the thrilling Death Road experience, you’ll travel in our mini-bus to Santa Barbara. Here, you will have a buffet lunch, and there’ll be the opportunity to take a hot shower, enjoy the swimming pool, or just relax. After lunch, we will head back to La Paz, arriving at 8:30pm. Sometimes we drop you off near your hotel/hostel, or on request we can drop you off at the bus terminal. If neither of those are suitable or requested, you may get taken to our office.
Important: For safety reasons, we don’t accept any riders over 95 kg, or 1.95 metres in height.
Minimum 2 pax for this tour.
07:45 - 08:00
Meeting point at Vertigo Biking Bolivia Office
08:15 - 08:30
Depart to “La Cumbre”
09:00 - 09:15
Arrive in “La Cumbre”
09:15 - 09:45
Safety briefing and instructions given by our guides (please listen carefully to resolve all your doubts)
09:45 - 10:00
Beginning of the tour
Arrive in Unduavi - tourist check point
11:00 - 11:15
Depart to Chuspipata (we always skip the uphill section on tarmac for safety reasons)
11:15 - 11:20
Arrive on the summit of Chuspipata; a briefing about rules and warnings
11:30 - 12:30
Beginning of the downhill ride on the World’s Most Dangerous Road
12:30 - 12:40
First stop for a short break and a meal on the road (sandwiches, coke, chips)
Another short break with some beverages
13:40 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:30
Arrive in Yolosa – end of Death Road
14:45 - 15:00
Go to a hotel in Santa Barbara (Not Coroico)
Arrive at the hotel
15:00 - 15:30
Take a shower, enjoy the swimming pool, relax
15:30 - 16:30
Depart the hotel
20:15 - 20:30
Arrive in La Paz
- A HARO or AIRBORNE full suspension bike
- All the safety equipment (helmet, gloves & pads)
- A vest or jacket and trousers
- English speaking guide
- Private transportation
- All the meals and drinks during the time of the tour, with the exception of drinks in the hotel
- A free T-shirt, and a CD with photos and short videos of the experience (collection is required the day after your tour, during our business hours); we also upload the pictures on Facebook
- Complete first aid kit, an oxygen tube, vertical rescue equipment, and two-way communication radios between guides and mini-buses (for any situation that may occur during the ride)
- Entrance fee 25 Bs (around $3.60USD)
- Exit fee 25 Bs (around $3.60USD)
- Warm layers are recommended, and light clothes (for low and high temperatures)
- Insect repellent
- Dry clothes & shoes for the way back (in case of rain)
- A backpack (you can leave it at the van while you are biking)
- Extra cash
For safety reasons, we don’t accept any riders over 95 kg, or 1.95 metres in height.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins or earlier, a 10% 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. 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. Note: if you are in an accident, there is an extra cost of $40 USD that you must pay to the clinic for administration costs.
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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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.