Biking the World’s Most Dangerous Road

I survived the bike ride! And it was awesome. I must say there is nothing like rushing down a dirt road on a bike in the middle of the most gorgeous countryside. Six people from the office decided to take a trip this weekend, taking advantage of the fact that we had Friday off. We started at 7am on Friday in La Paz with the company Solaris. From there, we got on a bus and drove to La Cumbre, at an elevation of 4,650m where it was cold and rainy. Luckily I had brought rain pants! There we were given our bikes. We started off down the highway. For two hours we biked downhill on the side of a paved highway, with freezing fingers and wet faces. Now and then we would emerge from the rain for a while but we would then end up back in it a few minutes later. There was a short uphill section, about 30 minutes, which at an elevation of 3,500m is difficult!

From there, we took the old road to Coroico, which is infamous for being the “World’s most Dangerous Road.” There are hairpin turns, waterfalls cascading overtop of the road, the odd landslide, and generally a very steep and long fall down if you were to go over the edge. It is also very narrow. Luckily however, there is a new highway to Coroico, so there are not many cars that use the old road. The second part took about 3 hours, also almost all downhill. The six of us from the office went in the slow part for this bit of the trek – better safe than sorry! Here you stick to the outside of the road so that cars can see you coming, which can be a bit daunting if you dare to look down over the edge! We passed under a few waterfalls, and through a few creeks. The views were absolutely gorgeous and the fresh air was exhilarating. At one point we passed over a recent landslide. Our bus, which was following us, had to turn back and use the highway because it couldn’t get passed the blocked road.

There were one or two falls – not by me, a few mechanical problems such as chains coming off, but other than that the trip was luckily uneventful. We biked from 4,650m to 1,200m in about 5 or 6 hours and passed through every climate imaginable. We were freezing at the beginning of the day and boiling by the end of the day. All in all it was a great adventure! The worst part was the soreness at the end of the day – my behind was rather tender from 3 hours on a gravel road at decent speeds, and my hands and forearms were sore from breaking for almost 5 hours!

I will post my pics soon – I am off again tomorrow for a week for work!

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Posted in travel Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-04-08 19:20


Submitted by mary myles on Fri, 2007-04-13 20:14.

I think this must have been a fantastic adventure but I am really happy you didn't give me all the details before you left. I think having my head in the sand is not a bad way to live.


Sounds bloody terrifying.

Submitted by Katie (not verified) on Thu, 2007-04-12 17:05.

Sounds bloody terrifying. And 30 minuites sounds like quite a long uphil to me. Still I bet it was wicked and I can't wait to see the pics.



Submitted by on Mon, 2007-04-09 11:57.

As I already mentioned on Facebook - I'm so jealous! Sounds like you had a fantastic time and I'm glad to hear there were no accidents. Can't wait to see the photos you took.


You are brave!

Submitted by Melissa (not verified) on Sun, 2007-04-08 22:52.

I don't even need to see your photos to know that you are very brave to be biking at the edge of a road called "the world's most dangerous road". I am sure the experience was just amazing, but were you scared or just exhilarated? With my fear of heights, I'd have been riding that bus back to safety as soon as I could! Good for you! Can't wait to see the photos.


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