The Yungas road, better known as El Camino de la Muerte (The Death Road), is one of the few routes that connects the Amazon rainforest region of northern Bolivia to its capital city. Reportedly the world’s most dangerous road, it was build in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners. Nowadays, the single-lane road is dotted by hundreds of crosses, to remember ones whose journey ended in the jungle below the 600 meter cliffs. Upon leaving La Paz, the road first ascends to around 4,650 metres altitude at La Cumbre Pass, before descending to 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) at the town of Coroico, transiting quickly from cool Altiplano terrain to a lush rainforest, as it winds through very steep hillsides and atop cliffs.
To go down this road on a mountain bike was possibly the #1 most exciting thing I’ve done in my life, and comes heavily recommended to all who enjoy adventure and adrenaline.
Whether you are a casual visitor, or an old friend, I’d like to wish you the most wonderful Christmas, and may the next year be even better, than any year before. Fun fact, 2013 is BBB in base thirteen. :-)
Last year we undertook our first adventure in an Arabic country. Jordan is a special place full of quirky people, exotic sights, emerging tourist services, dangerous roads, rich history, and overenthusiastic ‘professional friends’. For some reason, everyone ostentatiously wants to be your friend in Jordan, and this fact is usually accompanied by a sum of Jordanian dinars (JD, pronounced jeedee) leaving your pocket in their direction. “Hello, my friend! For you, I have a very special price! You are my first customer today!” Overall though, it was a very positive experience, and Petra (Wadi Musa) is one of the most breathtaking places within a three hour flight range from the old continent.
Since English summer is rather underwhelming and I’m not getting anywhere close to a warm sea this year, it was a pleasure to go through last year’s photos from Amorgos. Many thanks to our Greek friends, especially Iakovos and Nikos for making this trip possible.