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“Great day but no photos!!!!”
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Death Road: Mountain Bike Tour on the World's Most Dangerous Road
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Had a great trip with Alistair and Marcas way back on July 3. Left a good review shortly after. However, we were instructed on the day to avoid taking too many photos ourselves as Marcas would take them for us for safety/so group wasn't slowed down - and he did take lots of great photos. Problem is after being advised we would receive a CD of them by mail (due to computer problems at their office) none of our group have received anything, and it's been 3 months. I am livid about this as several others in the group have also sent well over 15 emails in total to their office asking where the photos are with standard initial "we'll send them" type responses to hearing NOTHING from them now.

I'd appreciate an honest reply at the very least, even if photos are unrecoverable.

So perhaps consider taking lots of your own photos on this trip.

1  Thank Will G
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We went with Overdose biking for the Death Road and it cost us 470Bs each for the day. They provided us with ample clothing and body armour for the experience, which probably isn't necessary but it's better to be safe than sorry..

We drove up to a lake at 4700m where we started the ride down the normal Tarmac road for a while, we could go pretty fast here and stopped occasionally for photos. We got to a small town and then they drive you about 8 km to the start of the death road. Here you start going down quite slowly and we seemed to stop really often for the guides to take crappy photos of us. I would have preferred just to be left to go down the road without having to stop all the time.

As you get further down the road you stop less and you are allowed to just get on with it and start to go really fast. People do fall off and hurt themselves but no one falls off the edge as you would really have to mess up to do this. If you've ridden a bike before you really shouldn't have any trouble with this road.

We had a good day but it was a bit expensive and should have cost about 300Bs in my opinion.

They gave us a nice t-shirt at the end of the day and all the photos and videos that they took during the day on a CD (although these were fairly crappy photos)

Overall Overdose were a good company and it is a good (if a little expensive) day out.

2  Thank EdBS
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Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Pro Downhill
Myself and my friend took Pro Downhill to go on 'death road'. The company was excellent. The bicycles were in a great conditions. The staff was very patient and helpfull not minding at all that one person was far behind the most of the group. The snacks on the way and the dinner were very good. They gave us CDs with picturs from the road and we really are there. There is not one single thing we would be unhappy with. Taking into account that sometimes Bolivia is far behind with service they could compete against European tours.

2  Thank czarodziej
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We went with Barracuda the bikes we fantastic great breaks and very comfy for what you are about to do. There was three guides who gave plenty of advise to you of the road conditions ahead of each section so that you could make your own decisions about your speed.
You can go as fast or slow as you feel comfortable going if you want a huge adrenaline rush & do it fast & dangerous its your decision or you can enjoy the ride if you are old :) Like me!!I loved the first 12 ks down the road section it had recently snowed and zipping down those curves and bends riding the brakes the whole way was beautiful. I would do it again just for that section and the riding through the waterfalls. Definately take wool gloves to wear under your protective gloves as the top section is around 4700 meters above sea level and you wont feel your fingers until you get to the tunnel. Had a fantastic time

1  Thank Karry R
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Road of Death was our final day of cycling as part of a Red Spokes adventure tour of Peru and Bolivia. Actually the ride was in two stages with one being on paved road for about 14 km starting at the top of Abra La Cumbre(4700m). It is quite cold up there and we were forced to wear several layers of clothing which were quickly removed when we reached a more tropical clime 6 miles later. The downhill is quite fast but we did not reach 50 mph that day as the headwinds were too strong. No we don't wear padding and yes we are slightly crazy as well as experienced.
Anyway after surviving the paved portion we switched onto the rocky section which is
basically a now little used road apart from cycling tours. The road is far more dangerous in a bus or car but if one chooses to hammer the downhill for the entire 24 km then it could be quite a rush since one never knows if a car or van is approaching just around that next
bend. But most people including myself usually opt for some picture taking which does extend the experience somewhat. More likely the greatest danger comes from the large number of tour groups using the road at the same time.
It was a fun ride and everyone in our group enjoyed it. And then we went on to spend the night at the Hotel Esmeralda in Coroico which was a really nice place to end the tour.

Thank James G
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