VIDEO: Would You Bike the World’s Most Dangerous Road?
It’s easy to see how this one-lane strip of North Yungas got its notorious nickname, Dead Road. GLP Films captures what it feels like to stand at the edge—there are no guardrails—and peer down, as far as 2,000-feet, to the rainforest below. Since the road was first constructed during the 1930s, it has remained one of the only ways to get from Bolivia’s highlands to its lowlands. As if the 12-foot girth of the two-way highway weren’t intimidating enough, imagine unexpected rock falls, thick fog, and hairpin turns that seem to veer into the cliff face itself. Despite the hundreds of deaths that have been taken by this treacherous path, thrill seekers come in waves to mountain bike all 40 miles of Yungas, hungry for the bragging rights and unmatched views.