The world's most dangerous road

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

We woke up early today to get picked up for our trip to death road! We got in a car with a group of 3 Chileans and an Israeli and drove about an hour to the start of the road at 4700masl. The first 24 km consisted of a downhill ride on a paved road through a mountain pass with massive cliffs, valleys, waterfalls and snowcapped mountains as far as you can see. About 10km in we rode through a police checkpoint which was stripping cars searching for drugs.

We made our way to another checkpoint and paid our national park entrance fee or something, then got back in the car and drove 8 km to the start of death road. Our tour guide informed us that even though the road was meant to be closed to traffic, there was a landslide on the main road to la Paz so some traffic had diverted to death road. As if it wasn't dangerous enough, lets add some pieces of metal flying at 40k an hour. My best achievement (besides not stacking it) was overtaking a car driving the same way as me.

We stopped for snacks along the way and got to meet some interesting (weird) people from all over the place. After about 3 hours of dodging traffic, riding near cliffs and through waterfalls, among groups of about 100 tourists we finished the ride. One of the things I was most looking forward to, was getting my tshirt saying I finished death road so I was pretty happy afterwards. We went to this place for a buffet lunch which has 2 swimming pools and we got to have a swim and a shower before the 2 hour return to la Paz.

The drive home was along pretty much the same road we rode down but the clouds had now come in and we literally couldn't see a thing. It was like a cloud forest with mountainous peaks protruding out the top which made for stunning photos but I guess the clouds do roll in when you are over 4000masl. We got dropped back at the hostel and picked up our bus tickets for our night bus tonight to uyuni.

We booked a salt flats tour with the retard next door and got our tickets and got in a cab to the bus station. After going the afternoon without money, Jenny took some out and we got on the bus after a frantic attempt to buy some dinner. We got on the bus and I tried to get to sleep but the semi cama busses just don't cut it after experiencing the joy of full cama.
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