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Where is ¨The Worlds Most Dangerous Road¨ in Bolivia?

Hey guys, I am having trouble figuring this road out. My guidebook says that it is the Choro trek from La Cumbre to Choroico but the guy at the Honda store here told me that is a paved road. Can someone clear this up for me? Also can this road be done with not very aggressive tires?

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did you expect "the worlds most dangerous road" in Bolivia? to be anything else but tarmac?
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Yungas Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quastdog has a post about it in his blog that I read the other day.
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If you PM IanC (fellow HUBBer), he might still have the GPS co-ords for the turn off to the old road if that's any use. I met him in La Paz and he'd done it the day before we did. The turn off is really hard to spot if you don't know where it is as it's not sign posted. You could do what Ian did and ride the 'new' road to Corioco (really nice bike road), stay the night there and come back to La Paz on the old road as it's much easier to find from there.

It is just a gravel road so any tire will be fine, just be bloody careful not to get too close to the edge as people still fall off it from time to time. It's only really used by the mountain bike tour companies now (they still get people falling off it too) and when we did it, there was no traffic at all. Corioco was a really nice place to stay and has a totally different feel to it than the rest of Bolivia, I guess that's because of the lower altitude.

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The last I saw on Globetrekers was that the Road Of Death is now one-way part of the day, then one-way back later in the day. Still unpaved from what I saw.
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Hey guys, I am having trouble figuring this road out. My guidebook says that it is the Choro trek from La Cumbre to Choroico but the guy at the Honda store here told me that is a paved road. Can someone clear this up for me? Also can this road be done with not very aggressive tires?

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As Mike says it would easier to find from other end, plus you get to drive on the 'safe' side, i.e. left. Finding access from La Cumbre end is not obvious.
If you use your wits it is definately not dangerous for 2 wheeled traffic at all - however with four wheels a different matter.
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Hey guys, I just finished and it was a lot of fun. The road is pretty good overall but does have some incredibly dangerous parts. I guess the road was closed yesterday and for the moring today and that is what made finding the entrance so hard (pretty sure it was blocked off) but I got on from a small service road that feeds into the Yungas road.

Here are the directions for getting there. Find the stadium in La Paz and get directions from there about which road to take to La Cumbre (beginning of Yungus). The road from the stadium will lead you to La Cumbre but it has some confusing areas in the city where it comes to a Y and you have to remember to stay to the right. Follow the buses because they are mostly headed there.

You will come to a Drug check point after the last outskirts of La Paz. Keep driving for 10-15 kms until another Drug checkpoint. You will drive thru a tunnel and see a very small town called Udavi (forgot which one comes first). The turnoff is to the right and there is a big sign. The turn off is for both the North and the South Yungus road. You want the North road so make sure and find out how to get on it.

You can also drive 15-20 kms past the turnoff until you pass a gass station on your left. 2 kms after the gas station there is a very small entrance to a service road that will put you on the Yungus. There is a yellow caution sign with some faded text at the turnoff.

BTW: I do not recommend driving to Coroico first and than doing the Yungus because the mud will be much harder to get thru because you will be going uphill through it.
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