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Mountain biking down the “Worlds Most Dangerous Road" from La Cumbre to Coroico is one of the most popular activities amongst backpackers in Bolivia. Suitable for confident beginners and experienced riders alike this is a ride to remember. This is with Barracuda Biking - a safe and reliable company.


Mountain biking down the “World's Most Dangerous Road" from La Cumbre to Coroico is one of the most popular activities amongst backpackers in Bolivia. Suitable for confident beginners and experienced riders alike this is a ride to remember. Starting amongst stunning mountain scenery at a height of 4700 meters and winding down through the Yungas cloud forest to the semi tropical setting of Yolosa, this is a great way to experience beautiful scenery of the area in combination with the adrenalin rush of downhill mountain biking. This option is with Barracuda Biking, a safe and reliable company with quality bikes, properly trained guides and well maintained equipment.

The Ride
Start time 7.30 am – pickup from meeting point in La Paz
Finish time – arriving back in La Paz at 6-8pm approx
Altitude range – 4700 meters to 1100 meters
Skill level – confident beginners
Approximate riding time – 4 to 5 hours
Approximate downhill – 90% (some small uphill sections)
After safety check and advice from your guides the group will start the ride at 4700 meters. The first section is smooth tarmac and perfect for getting used to the feel of the bikes and warming your legs up. There is an uphill section near the beginning where we will jump in teh support vehicle and be driven past. Shortly after passing through the checkpoint at Undavi we will arrive at the “Death Road” proper. Here the road turns into a winding dirt road and we will take a break at the top for some further safety instruction and a chance to see the road winding down the valley ahead. From here on you will not be pedaling so much but concentrating on controlling your bike as per your guide’s instructions. As you descend the road will sometimes be dusty and dry , others times it will be rocky shale stones and nearer the bottom there will even be waterfalls that you drive under. The views will always be stunning and there will be plenty of breaks for you to enjoy them, take some photos and let the slower people catch up (you go at your own pace always).
After 4 or 5 hours riding you arrive at Yolosa and go to the "Monte Carlos" a gallery of a local wood sculptor where there will be showers and a pasta lunch waiting for you. Towels are supplied and there is even a chance to take a swim in the river, relax amongst nature and see the artwork on display.
At this point of your trip, you can do the optional zipline - please see details below.
After the well earned chill out time we start the drive back to La Paz (approximately 3.5 to 4 hours) first arranging the transfer to Coroico for anyone wishing to stay the night there instead of returning to La Paz (this will be done by taxi and it's not included in the price). There is also the option of staying at La Senda Verde Animal Refuge and Eco-Lodge in one of the comfy cabins (we can book this for you also – please see the link). Spending a night there will add a special touch to your Death Road adventure - this is the ideal place to spend a few days relaxing and reenergizing with the sounds of Bolivian nature before continuing with your trip.

  • Transportation / support vehicle
  • Pick up from meeting point central La Paz
  • Kona Stinky mountain bike - full suspension or hardtail (front suspension only) - choose option when booking
  • Helmet, gloves, wind proof water resistant jacket, safety bib, goggles
  • Guides - English-speaking, fully trained and experienced (English not first language)
  • Snacks and water during ride
  • Pasta lunch 
  • A photo / video CD from the day
  • Souvenir t-shirt
  • Municipal tax 50 Bs (please have the exact amount with you as change is not always available)
  • Travel insurance - required or can be bought pre-ride on the day
  • Sunglasses and sun cream 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Tips for guides
  • Transport to the meeting point


It is possible to combine the bike ride of your life with The Flying Fox Zipline. Excelent for those who want to continue the adventure! The zipline speeds up to 85km/h, 1555 meters are divided into three exciting segments, it has been built to exceed U. S. ACCT standards with 1/2'' steel cable rated for 12.600 kgs.

  • This trip leaves daily from La Paz and is suitable for confident beginners. You must have insurance that covers you to do this ride, if you do not you can purchase this on the morning of the ride from your guide before departing La Paz. You will be required to sign a liability waiver on the day. Please give at least 2 days or more notice if possible for internet bookings to give us time to process the booking and also give you the best chance of getting a booking on this trip.
  • Front brake - UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand normally have the front brake on the right, USA, Canada and most of Europe have the front brake on the left.
  • Insurance name - This is the name of your travel insurance company. If you do not have insurance you must purchase this on the morning of the ride (9$ or more depending on level of coverage). Simply put  BUY ON DAY in the insurance box to choose this option.
  • Age - You must be at least 18 to take part in this tour. Those who are underage will have to pay an extra in order to have an special extra guide for themselves only. This is compulsory.
  • There is a requirement of a minimum of 4 people booked in order for this tour to be confirmed and a maximum of 14 per group BUT if booking in advance via out web page we can confirm for 2 or more people if we recieve the booking more than 24 hours in advance. Multiple groups can leave per day with advance bookings.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I take a bike tour and catch an overnight bus on the same day?
A lot of people ask if they can do the Death Road bike trip and then catch a bus to Uyuni (or elsewhere) between 18.00 and 21.00 after the tour. We don't recommend this as the time of return from these tours can vary greatly - commonly it is between 18.00 and 19.00 but on a regular basis it can be 20.00 or even later. This is depending on a number of factors such as traffic, weather conditions (you go across high passes so snow and rain can greatly slow things down), the speed of your group of the day and how long they decide to relax at the resting point at the bottom. The guides generally go with the majority so if most want to stay and relax a bit they won't set off earlier for you to catch a bus. 
Can I arrive on an overnight bus and start a bike tour the same morning?

Some people also ask if they can start a Death Road tour when they arrive in La Paz from an overnight bus from some other city such as Uyuni, Sucre, Potosi or Santa Cruz. These buses generally arrive in La Paz around 7.00 am but of course can vary. The leaving time for the Death Road tours is 7.30 am prompt and at least 15/20 mins away from the bus terminal. So the high risk you will miss the tour (and lose your payment as it is a no show) plus the fact you will be tired from the journey most likely means we strongly recommend you don't try to do this. It would be completely at your own risk if you did.

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