Today I biked the most dangerous road in the world!!!
It was once considered the most dangerous road in the world, but nowadays it doesn't experience much traffic. But seriously, look up picture of "Death Road Bolivia," because there were some pretty crazy accidents back in the day. The road is lined with 600 meter cliffs, and most of the road is barely wide enough for one single car. I truly can't believe two way traffic used to drive on this road, I would have been terrified.
Biking death road was very fun and thrilling! We started the ride on a beautiful clear day with a brief portion on a paved road about 4,000 meters up in the mountains (most of the ride was down hill, thank goodness!). As we biked down into the valley we watched the vegetation change from quite bare snow capped mountain plains, to beautiful jungle fauna. The whole ride is about 64 kilometers and took about 4 hours. Some crazy people race the route and bike it in under 45 minutes! HA. Can you believe that?! I would certainly fly off one of the cliffs.
After the short paved section we reached the ominous death road, which quite dramatically was covered in fog. This section of the ride descends 2,000 meters, lined with 1,000 meter drops on the left and cascading waterfalls on the right. The first half of the ride had quite a bit of fog so I couldn't see the drop offs I was biking next to, something I'm kind of thankful for as we had to bike on the left side of the road due to traffic regulations. The ride then dropped into the valley of las Yungas, with an amazing view of the rivers and towns below and a substantial change in temperature. We ended the ride at a private house and had a pool party with some beers and a buffet.
Biking down death road was quite exhilarating and fun, I highly recommend it to anyone that feels confident in their bike riding abilities.
Hi there! My name is Jenna Grunwald and this summer I will be gaining an understanding of the relationship between disease processes, social-economic circumstances, poverty, geopolitical realities, historical contexts, culture, and how these play into the complexity of healthcare in Bolivia and Argentina with Child Family Health International.