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.