Yungas North Road is known as the Grove’s Road, Coroico road, El Camino or Way of Death Muerte. It is one of the most dangerous road that stretches over a distance of 61 kilometers and connects Coroico and La Paz.
On average, about 200-300 people are killed yearly along the way including the people who fell with their vehicles.
It is one of the main roads linking the Bolivian capital of northern Amazon jungle from this country.
At first, the road climbs about 4650 meters and then descends to the Cumbre at an altitude of 1200 meters in the town of Coroico.
The land area is very dangerous with steep and cliffs. Currents are also very high which makes the road difficult to cross. The road is very narrow, single lane, with only 3.2 meters wide and no railing. Rain, dust and fog make it very difficult to cross, and on some sections are falling big rocks.
On 24 July 1983, a bus fell off the Yungas Road killing over 100 passengers. This is the biggest accident happened on the way.
Danger along the way made it a tourist destination since 1990. Bicyclists have made this road a downhill race of 64 kilometers. Over 18 cyclists have died on the road since 1998.
The road was built during the Chaco war in 1930 by prisoners from Paraguay, but since then it has been upgraded. It was paved, a little wider and a section was built between Chusquipata and Yolosa bypassing a good portion of old road. This new route includes various features such as fences, sidewalks and many other safety features.
With all the facilities already in place, Yungas Road remains the World’s Most Dangerous Road!