Adventure

La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

Activity provider: Gravity Bolivia

La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

Activity provider: Gravity Bolivia

From US$ 125 per person

Descend over 3,500m on an incredible road in one of the world's most beautiful places down to an animal refuge in the jungle, riding high-quality bikes with the safest and most respected company in Bolivia. Get ready for an epic ride down Death Road.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
From your hotel reception, between 7 AM and 7:45 AM, depending on where you in the city center your hotel is. Your guide will be wearing a Gravity jersey.
Small group
Limited to 14 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in incredible Andean scenery seen over 64 kilometers of dramatic descent
  • Ride on one of the best bikes in Bolivia, maintained after every ride by highly qualified mechanics
  • Stay safe with your highly trained, knowledgeable, and fun guides
  • Finish at an amazing animal sanctuary 3500 meters below where you started
  • Rest easy knowing your guides have the best safety record in Bolivia, using international safety standards
Full description
The dramatic and scenic “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, locally known as “Death Road”, “Camino de la Muerte” is a must-do adventure activity in South America. Your highly-trained English-speaking guides and mechanics will give you all the assistance you need to get down safely, comfortably, and with amazing time. Your guides have been riding this road for over 20 years, and know how to get it done with utmost safety and security. Drive up from La Paz, Bolivia, and begin biking at wind-swept La Cumbre at 4700 meters altitude. At this height, you’ll get fantastic views of a number of snow-covered peaks. From here, descend rapidly down a twisting asphalt road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas, alpacas, and tiny villages. Stop for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way, all the better to give you time to take in the scenery: towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and even greener vegetation. This will give you time to prepare yourself for the next breath-taking section of the ride. Descend even further, and after a brief undulating section of the road, you’ll enter the jungle itself and the most challenging part of the ride. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 2000 meters in altitude. Ride on through mist, low cloud, and dust. As the end gets near, it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom in Yolosa, you’ll be hot, dirty, and exhilarated, having conquered Death Road with no fear. Just around the corner, you’ll visit La Senda Verde Animal Refuge to enjoy a buffet lunch and take in the magnificent scenery and the animals of the Yungas. While there, have the chance to see some of the region's native animals, including hundreds of monkeys, an Andean spectacled bear, capibara, birds, and so much more. Your visit helps the refuge maintain their incredible work rescuing animals from the black market. Many happy riders have said this was the best experience of their trip to Bolivia. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, your guides, bike, and coaching will get you down safely and feeling amazing for having done it. There’s truly no downhill ride like this in the world.
Includes
  • Pickup from central meeting spot
  • Top-of-the-line helmets (normal or full face)
  • Pants and jackets for cold/wet weather
  • Elbow/knee pads
  • Mountain bike gloves
  • Full-suspension downhill mountain bikes with hydraulic disk brakes
  • Entrance to Senda Verde Animal Refuge
  • Buffet lunch
  • Unlimited water
  • Water bottle (yours to keep)
  • Buff (yours to keep)
  • Private safety vehicle
  • Best trained guides in Bolivia
  • Transport back to La Paz or taxi up to Coroico
  • 100s of pictures of the day uploaded and shared on Dropbox
  • 2 snacks during the ride
  • Bike mechanic on each tour
  • Zipline (available to purchase on the day)
  • Road tax (50 bolivianos)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People who can't ride a bike
  • Wheelchair users
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Change of clothes
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Daypack

Know before you go

  • The bus follows us down and you can get on it at any point during the tour
  • The guide reserves the right to put you on the bus for your own safety and of the other riders in the group
  • Each group will be accompanied by 1 guide, 1 mechanic, and a private vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The Gravity team was incredible - super attentive service. The day starts with breakfast at a cafe, followed by a drive to the starting point of the bike tour, where they give you all the necessary equipment and gear. The guides are really informative in terms of what to watch out for, how to navigate, etc. They provide snacks along the way, including a light lunch. After the tour, a full hot meal is provided. They take photos for you during the tour as well, which get emailed to you. Also - they give you a buff (mask to keep dust off your face), water bottle, and t-shirt to keep. We had a really great time, and the ride is so scenic - just amazing views. Despite the name “Death Road”, the Gravity team made us feel really safe the entire time. Highly recommend booking with this company if you’re not familiar with Bolivia, don’t want to worry about anything, and want to be taken care of from start to finish. Gravity is best-in-class service.

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January 1, 2023

Kenny and Guillermo were simply amazing. The bike tour started with a lovely breakfast before we headed to the start of the track. Great gear with additional layers were provided, good instructions given and off we went. Kenny gave great insights and stories along the way and Guillermo supported us with everything we needed, including lovely snacks. And thanks to them we made it safely down the death road :)y Was one of the best experiences ever. We would highly recommend to use Gravity for this tour!

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December 3, 2022

This is an excellent choice. The guides Gustavo and Marcos are very knowledgeable and communicate very well. Safety is very important to them and they checked with me often to see if I was comfortable. There was a family of very experienced bicyclists and they were able to go on ahead a bit. The equipment was very high in quality. We were followed by the van and could ride in the van if we were uncomfortable with the ride. The food was very good, the snacks were great and the animal sanctuary was also very nice. Hot showers are available and the company provides clothes to cover participants clothes and protect them from mud splatters. This is an excellent choice. We were treated very well!

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June 16, 2022

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