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La Paz and Coroico

Location: La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz, Bolivia´s largest city is high up in the Andes, but just a few hours away is beautiful Coroico in sub tropical forrest - you can get there by a 70km mountain bike ride on the worlds most dangerous road (WMDR)!

27 Jun 2006, 11:04AM

The Witches market, where you can buy almost anything, including...

26 Jun 2006, 10:20AM

La Paz, with buildings hanging to the steep valley walls all the way to the top above San Francisco church which dates bact to the 1500īs. This view is from on top (and I mean the roof top) of one of the local hotels where the concierge was gracious enough to take us up for a look.

28 Jun 2006, 11:20AM

Towards the start of the WMDR after we got off the paved road - I think thatīs Jodes coming into picture.

27 Jun 2006, 11:05AM

Llama foetuses and other ghoully stuff.

28 Jun 2006, 12:28PM

Yours truly enjoying one of the wetter bits.

28 Jun 2006, 12:22PM

The bike company hired out jackets, pants and goggles - so we did, figuring if we were going to stack then we might as well ruin someone elseīs gear! Lucky we did as we are only half way down here, and already getting covered in mud.

30 Jun 2006, 10:56AM

Uphill trafic has right of way, so if you are coming down and need to give way this could involve reversing back up to the last passing spot. Volunteers like the person in the photo man some of the more dangerous īblindī corners with red/green signs to help traffic.

Downhill MTB photo courtesy of Gravity as the mist clouded the photo for our ride.

30 Jun 2006, 10:09AM

Part of the WMDR which was carved into the moutains sometime in the mid 1900īs by Paraguayan prisoners of war - these guys were really unlucky when you consider poor old Bolivia has never won any conflict!

30 Jun 2006, 10:04AM

Passing is not for the faint hearted! The outline above the truck coming down are people - hitching a ride in the back of trucks is pretty common in SA, even on this road!

30 Jun 2006, 8:27AM

Looking straight out from Coroico towards the mountains - the faint lines visible in the side of the mountain is the WMDR.

30 Jun 2006, 8:27AM

Morning mist above Coroico with the steep lush Mountains rising above it - this was pretty much our hotel room balcony view.