One of the highlights of my travels in South America has to be cycling Death Road. After leaving La Paz, the ride begins at 4,700m above sea level and the first 25km is downhill on tarmac so you can really build some speed up. After that the road is a narrow, windy, dirt track clinging to the cliff side with massive sheer drops but fantastic views. As you descend the vegetation becomes greener and more jungle-like and you rapidly begin to lose layers as it gets hotter. It is the world’s most dangerous road, but luckily it is mainly only bikes that use it now, and it is so much fun.
Downhill Madness, La Paz: www.madness-bolivia.com/downhill
A couple of agencies in the main tourist/backpacker areas run bike trips down to Coroico. From a pass above La Paz (4800m altitude) the road passes through the mountains and into the tropical jungle for 60-odd km to the lovely village/town of Coroico (1800m altitude) You are on the bike with guides all the way. Bring sunglasses to protect against the dust, and strong wrists to keep the brakes locked on...it's an awesome experience.
but a few operators run this trip
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