|We start with the "world's most dangerous road", El Camino de la Muerte, otherwise known as The Road of Death. Its true name is the North Yungas Road and it travels from La Paz to Coroico in northern Bolivia. It gets the name honestly - it is said that up to 300 people per year perish traveling this route. Its incredibly steep hillsides (with 1800 foot drop-offs!) and narrow passages (single lane most of the way!) are rife with cliffs and waterfalls that make conditions muddy and extremely perilous for anyone driving it. Not wide enough for two cars to pass at most points, if two vehicles should meet, the uphill driver always has the right of way and the other has to back down. |
Currently, the second season of IRT: Deadliest Roads is being filmed there. I've watched several episodes and just watching those truckers navigate at the edges of the road and seeing the cliffs they could easily plunge off of....scarier than most horror films and far more 'edge-of-your-seat' viewing.