Motorbiking down the North Yungas Road
05.02.2015 - 05.02.2015
TODAY WE SURVIVED DEATH ROAD!!
Which now means we have managed to visit one of the world's highest geyser fields, the world's largest salt flat and the world's most dangerous road all on our bikes, avoiding tours and spending next to nothing.
The ride started with a climb to 15,000 feet. This not only gave another impressive view of La Paz but put us into thick cloud and snow! We had not expected to deal with snow on our journey. After following a number of tour groups (a tried and tested navigation technique) we found our way to the actual old road - a road famed for the number of deaths it has caused (before the new road was opened the death road would take the lives of 200-300 people yearly) . It is clear to see how and why the road gets its name - the waterfalls and sheer drops mean any lack of concentration or bad luck can be pretty fatal.
Fortunately the road is now one way and used almost solely by tourists. The first part of the road was particularly hairy - massive drops, waterfalls and single track road. But all-in-all there was never a particularly worrying moment and it was in fact great fun. The views are indescribable - ridiculously impressive valleys covered in jungle and clouds with this stupidly windy, stone road hugging the mountains.
Bolivia's ridiculous climate and landscape was probably the most impressive thing we took from today. Starting in the snow at 15,000 feet, we finished in Coroico with equally impressive views at 4000 feet with 30+ degree heat. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a hostel that could offer the right price and a place for the bikes so we decided to head back for La Paz, after a quick burger, via the new road where we knew we had a decent hostel and bed waiting.
If it had not been for the huge cloud taking almost all visibility from us and making the journey home freezing, the ride on the new road would have been one of the best we've done so far - a perfect combo of windy road and ridiculous views.
Tomorrow we head for Copacabana and a huge step towards Peru!