The World-Famous “Death Road”
This ride is where Gravity started in 1998. And all those years of experience guarantee that your ride with us will be one you’ll be bragging about for years!
Our highly trained English speaking guides and mechanics will give you all the helpful information to get you down safely, comfortably and with an amazing time.
Quite deservedly, this world-famous mountain bike ride is our most popular. Gravity has been featured guiding and riding this road in more than 60 magazine and newspaper articles, as well as 10 television shows and on the lips and blogs of almost every backpacker and adventure traveler in South America.
The dramatic and scenic “World´s Most Dangerous Road,” dubbed as such by the Inter-American Development Bank in 1995, and locally known as “The Death Road” or “Camino de la muerte,” is a must-do adventure activity in South America!
• Ride the world-famous Death Road!
• Incredible scenic variety and a spectacular descent of more than 3,600m/11,800 ft, from snow-covered highaltitude plains and mountain ranges down to the steaming Amazonian Jungle.
• 64kms (40 miles) of downhill riding with only a few small uphills and a couple of flat bits!
• After the ride relax at La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, featuring rescued monkeys, parrots, and much more.
Beginners to experts, average fitness and above, and in particular, those looking for a long, world-class, downhill mountain bike ride.
We begin the ride at wind-swept La Cumbre (4,700m/15,400 ft), where you’ll get fantastic views of a number of snowcovered peaks, including Huayna Potosí (6,088m/19,973 ft). From here we descend rapidly down a twisting, asphalted road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas and alpacas, tiny villages and a drug check-post (?!). We stop
for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way — all the better to give us time to take in the scenery: towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and ever greener vegetation… while preparing ourselves for the next breath-taking section.
After a snack we descend further, and after a brief undulating section of road we 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 2,000m (6,500 ft). With 1,000m+ (3,300 ft) sheer drops off to our left and hulking rock overhangs and cascading waterfalls to our right, we ride through mist, low cloud and dust.
As we near the end of the ride it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom in Yolosa (1,200m/3,600 ft) you will be hot, dirty and exhilarated.
Just below the village of Yolosa we head to La Senda Verde Animal Refuge, where we enjoy a late pasta and salad buffet lunch and take in the magnificent scenery and animals.