The Death Road—Bolivia from 12 Scary Roads

12 Scary Roads

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The Death Road—Bolivia

Bolivia's Old Yungas Road is a winding, 40-mile-long stretch that links the high Andean capital city of La Paz to Coroico, 11,500 feet below in the Amazon basin. Hundreds of rickety trucks, cars and buses—including one carrying 100-plus passengers—have misjudged its sharp turns over the years, plunging over the guardrail-free cliffs into the canyon below. Even though new construction bypasses one of the most treacherous sections and its steep hills have become a tourist attraction for adventurous mountain bikers, the so-called "Death Road" still kills more than 100 people each year.


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