What is road of death and where it is?
September 28, 2006 11:33am CST
I believe this is the legal Bolivian government name for the road. It has this gloomy name because more people die on this stretch of road than anywhere else in the world, a few hundred a year. Not that there are that many accidents, it's just that if the driver misses a corner, it's all over. Further, there is just enough room for two buses to pass. Usually when buses encounter each other, they will crisscross to the wrong side of the road so as to make the next curve. The expectations are: first, the other bus driver knows this rule of the road and second, that there is nothing coming around the approaching curve. The road of death is in bolivia. The road stretches from La Paz, the world's highest capital, to Rurrenabaque, a low, jungle town where many of the rainforest excursions start. Before the bus trip, a priest may come on the bus and give passengers their last rites. It's half-serious, half-corrupt moneymaking deal. The first few hours are especially harrowing, as many times passengers cannot see the actual road when looking out the bus. This means the bus is only a few inches from falling off the road. Around the city of Coroico, things begin to level out and calm down. Only to become steeper again until the bus finally crosses the Andes and heads into the low Amazon basin.
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