Driving the Yungas Road
The North Yungas Road Camino de las Yungas, Road of fate or Death Road is a 61-kilometre (38 mi) or 69-kilometre (43 mi) road
leading from La Paz to Coroico, 56 kilometres (35 mi) northeast of La Paz in the Yungas region of Bolivia.
This is one of the few routes that connects the Amazon rainforest region of northern Bolivia, or Yungas,
to its capital city. Upon leaving La Paz, the road first ascends to around 4,650 metres (15,260 ft) 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 rainforest as it winds through very steep hillsides and atop cliffs.
The largely single-lane road has no guard rails and cliffs of up to 600 meters (2,000 feet).
Most of the road is the width of a single vehicle, about 3.2 metres (10 ft). During the rainy season from November through March,
rain and fog can severely hamper visibility, and water runoff can turn the road into a muddy track,
affecting traction. In the summer, rockfalls are common and vehicle dust limits visibility as well.
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