Drivers with a high tolerance for extreme adventure may want to visit North Yungas Road, considered one of the wonders of the world for the sheer danger it represents. Located in Bolivia and connecting that country’s capital city of LaPaz with low-lying rain forest regions surrounding Yungas, the roadway is called “Death Road” by many who have survived its treacherous conditions. Constructed by prison gangs during the 1930s, Yungas Road features a solid wall of rock on one side of the road and a sheer drop off a cliff on the other.
At some points, the roadway narrows down to less than four meters, with no guardrails and most sections completely unpaved and subject to being washed out. Many travelers along the Yungas Road encounter heavy fog which further obscures vision as well as drenching rainfalls. Drivers must be on the constant lookout for mudslides, falling rock and rushing water that falls down from the mountainside. Automobile drivers often compete for space with bicycle riders, many of whom consider riding Yungas Road to be an extreme sports badge of honor. To add further danger and confusion, driving rules dictate driving on the left hand side of the road in Bolivia.
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