Yungas Road – The Road of Dead

People who are addicted to adrenaline constantly find new ways to create a situation that will excite and satisfy their appetite for adrenaline. They usually enjoy extreme sports and have no problems with dizziness or something else that can spoil their fun. Road Yungas is definitely the most dangerous in the world, and there are hundreds of people a year which going there looking for adrenaline and adventure.

According to some estimates this road killing 200 to 300 people per year, including riders from around the world who come there looking for adrenaline.

Image by Mauricio Frias via Flickr

Image by Mauricio Frias via Flickr

Image by Matthew Dryden via Flickr

Yungas Road, also known as the “road of death” now officially is called “the most dangerous road in the world.” It is a road that connects the city of La Paz in Bolivia and Yungas region in the Amazon rainforest. To be able to merge these places, the road passes through the Cordillera mountain chain. The road begins in La Paz, the highest capital in the world. It is located at an altitude of 3,660 meters and then climbs to a height of 4,650 meters. Upon reaching that height, the road Yungas steeply goes down to an altitude of 1,200 meters. So this decline of more than 3,650 meters is one of the longest in the world and goes at area of Yungas in the Amazon rainforest. It is important to mention that the road was built by Paraguayan prisoners in the 1930s.

Image by Matthew Dryden via Flickr

Image by Matthew Dryden via Flickr

Image by Matthew Dryden via Flickr

The Yungas road also is unpaved and it is only 3.5 meters wide. Due to the combination of warm and wet winds from the Amazon rainforest, the road often becomes muddy and almost passable. On one side, the road Yungas has high cliffs, while on the other has gulf about 600 meters deep. For drivers, there are special rules. One of them is driving only on the left side of the road because the driver therefore has a better view of the edge of the road. The second ride-rule is that the vehicles that are climbing up always take precedence.

Image by Matthew Dryden via Flickr

Image by Mauricio Frias via Flickr

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