Travel took me to the extreme… sports
November 24, 2015
Infamous Death Road in Bolivia
We’ve tried a lot of extreme sports while we’ve been traveling, so it’s hard to talk about just one. We’ve been skydiving, white water rafting and zip lining, bungee jumping, Death Road cycling, motor biking and loads more. When we decided to cycle the infamous Death Road in Bolivia, we watched video after video of trucks, cars and buses falling off the cliff into the jungle hundreds of metres below, claiming the lives of over 300 people per year. We knew that for cycling tours to be allowed to run, there must be some safety involved, but we had also heard a few horror stories of tourists falling to their deaths over the years.
What started as a smooth, tarmac path soon became a foggy mountain path, covered in rocks, mud and gravel. The path was very narrow in places and we had to squeeze past giant trucks which were just as keen as us to stay away from the edge. Along the road side were tombstones and crosses bearing the names and dates of those who had perished, both locals and tourists alike. According to our guide, a young Japanese girl cycling the world’s most dangerous road had added herself to the growing list of ‘Deaths by Selfie’, by cycling straight off the edge while pouting to her smartphone.
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