Death Road - La Paz - Happy New Year!!
31.12.2008 - 04.01.2009 23 °C
When in La Paz it is highly recommended to cycle down the worlds most dangerous road. We did this and it was brilliant. It was extremely dangerous in parts but the scenery, the speeds you reached and the all round fun of it all made it well worth while. It was approximately 80km downhill. You descend from about 4000m to 1000m in about 3 hours.
Before the death road...
The trip finished in a small town where every rests and takes a beer or two. Due to the fact it is rainy season it meant the roads were a little more treacherous than usual. Our vans got stuck behind a landslide which blocked the roads so we were left stranded for a couple of hours. We made our own fun! A football was sourced and we played ball for a couple of hours. It should be noted that a predominantly Irish (if you count Karolina as Irish too) were the over all winners over the Argies.
Eventually we were picked up. Most people were brought up to the small town of Coroico in a pickup. Not very safe but everyone was fine. We were lucky enough to get a taxi. Food and drink was provided in a lovely hotel that overlooked the valley, hotel esmeralda I think was the name of it. We arrived home about 6 hours later than scheduled but it was worth it. Although it was in a cramped hiace van it was a bit of a nightmare journey home. I think all journeys in Bolivia will come with a new tail of treacherous experiences. It was all in all a great experience!!!
While in La Paz we were staying in the Wild Rover. It was a great hostel with a great bar and the cleanest jacks in all of Bolivia! We spent New Years here too. Total blast. Hungover for two days though. Being the cultural creatures that we are we never bothered to visit any museums or anything like that (again). We simply roamed the streets and admired the hustle and bustle of La Paz. La Paz was a great city, it is like one giant market but a great experience.
Lake Titicaca and Copacobana next....then Peru!