7th October 2002- La Paz
Well we survived!! We waited one day as it was raining and we didnt really want to tackle ¨The Most Dangerous Road in the World¨ in the rain, let alone any other road in the rain for that matter!! It wasnt so bad really- the motorcycle was probably the best way to see it (on the back especially!!) The reason it is so dangerous is because it is a single lane road that winds around a huge maintain range and descends 3,300m in 60km with sheer drop off cliffs. To top it off there are heaps of buses and trucks trying to pass and overtake on this winding road etched into the side of the cliff with drops of up to 1000m. The worst part was where the waterfalls drop onto the road creating very a slippery stony surface, not to mention the cold shower!! There are crosses on the side of the road everywhere and you can see the damage the buses have done on the way down. Apparently the problem is driver fatigue and they simply fall asleep at the wheel and kill everyone on board!!! Charming.
The little village at the end of the road- Coroico was very quaint with magnificent mountain views and heaps of birds soaring the thermals.
We are now back in La Paz and will head south tomorrow. Bolivia is very similar to Peru in many ways- food, price of things, the people look similar, there are lots of Llamas above the treeline and crazy dogs chasing us.Posted by at October 07, 2002 07:05 PM GMT
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