Carretera de la Muerte — road of death in Bolivia

Carretera de la Muerte - road of death in Bolivia

Carretera de la Muerte – road of death in Bolivia. This is a stretch of about 70 kilometers, connecting La Paz and Coroico, annually breaks more than 25 cars, killed 100-200 people.

According to one source, the road was built in the 1930-ies of the Paraguayan prisoners. Others say that here in the 70-ies of the last century did the American construction company.

The road descends from a height of 3.6 thousand meters up to 330 meters above sea level. Here very steep slopes, slippery and dirty floors. Places on this winding and extremely narrow «road» can not pass one to two cars — you need to stop, go forward, understand and agree with.

One of the local road rules requires the driver of a going down car to keep external edge of the road, priority right of way is always climbing uphill transport. In some places, and one truck fits miraculously, despite the fact that trucks and buses are the main transport on the «Road of death».

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But that’s not all. While traveling on this «highway» drivers have to deal with not the most favorable conditions: cool plateau of the Andes with monthly average temperatures from 6 to 11 degrees Celsius changing wet Amazon jungle. The road here is not only narrow, but also very, very slippery. Covered with Asphalt only the first 20 kilometers, the rest is mud and clay. And don’t forget the fleet of Bolivia is a very old and worn out cars with worn tyres

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Often because of dense fogs road happens it is visible only a few meters ahead. And then we have to move very slowly and carefully. In order not to face with passers — because of tropical downpours often there are landslips, and the piece of road can simply be washed off. Here is the recipe of fatal fear.On their way along this road is better to buy truck tires in Krasnodar and to be sure that the machine will not let you down

The name of the road has received recently, in December 1999, when a car with eight Israeli tourists fell into the abyss. But this is not the a loud crash at this track. July 24, 1983 here in the canyon dropped the bus in which there were more than a hundred passengers — to date, this is the worst accident in the history of Bolivia. The locals, if they have to go through the «road of death», praying to get there alive. It happen that the nearest hospital to go not one hour. On the same road, by the way.

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However North Yungas Road — one of the few routes connecting Northern Bolivia with capital, therefore its operation is not terminated, no matter what. With the beginning of 1990th years danger of death of the road made it a popular tourist attraction.

A lot of people come here to raise the level of adrenaline in the blood, going down on her on the road or mountain bike, developing on some of its sites up to 80 km/h. Back not all. But those who were able to pass through it and to survive, compare this route with the conquest of Everest. And usual inhabitants of Bolivia continue «to conquer» this road every day.

Meanwhile, according to rumors, the monstrous 70 kilometers in the Yungas is only second as the most dangerous road in the world. There are, like, its own «Road of death» in Bangladesh. If there is indeed something worse than the Bolivian «route», then call it pointless expensive. For such a road suitable shorter name is just «Death».

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