North Yungas Road, Bolivia
Built by Paraguayan prisoners in the 1930s, North Yungas has long been considered the world’s most dangerous road. Countless people have died here and, looking around, it’s not difficult to understand its hazardous reputation.
It’s steep and it’s narrow, the surface leaves much to be desired and the drops, for those misjudging hairpin bends that verge on the impossible, are deadly. Its unofficial name is the ‘Road of Death’. This is not overegging things.
The weather plays its part here — it’s often wet and foggy — whilst landslides are always a distinct possibility. Crosses and memorials dot the roadside in tribute to those who have lost their lives here, but still people choose to travel the trail, between La Paz and Bolivia’s Yungas region, and still people take risks. Those heading here are advised to be sensible, to take their time and to keep their wits about them. North Yungas isn’t known as the ‘Road of Death’ for nothing.