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Death Road

La Carretera de los Yungas was, probably, the most famous road in the world as well as the most dangerous. This gravel dirt track covers a 69-kilometre (43 mi) stretch between La Paz and Coroico, in the Yungas region of Bolivia. To be fair, it’s technically not considered the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” anymore due to the construction of a new highway close by, which directs most traffic away from its path.

 

Paso Salar de Ollagüe is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.695m (12,122ft) above the sea level, located in the border of Chile and Bolivia.

Chulumani Road (also known as South Yungas Road) is a dangerous mountain road that connects La Paz to Chulumani, in the Sud Yungas region in Bolivia.The road, with a length of 64 kilometres (40 mi) is considered to be so dangerous as the North Yungas Road.

 

Located in western-central South America, Bolivia is equal in size to California and Texas combined. The geography of Bolivia is unique among the nations of South America. With their high altitudes, the mountains bear a striking resemblance to the rugged peaks of Himalaya.

Cerro Uturuncu

Cerro Uturuncu, (also known as Uturunku or Uturunco) is a stratovolcano in southwestern Bolivia, located in the Potosí Department, Sur Lípez Province, San Pablo de Lípez Municipality. At an elevation of 6,008 m (19,711 ft) it'sone of the highest motorable road passes of the world. The biggest problem is the extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.

 

The Sairécabur Receiver Lab Telescope lies at an elevation of 5,525 m (18,127 ft) above the sea level and is located approximately 38 km (24 mi) northeast of San Pedro de Atacama, and directly south of the Putana Volcano, on the border between Bolivia and Chile, on the Cerro Sairécabur. The surface of the road is gravel and sand and you can get there by 4x4. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Bolivia.

Chungara–Tambo Quemado is a high mountain pass through the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes along the border between Chile and Bolivia, at an elevation of 4.687m (15,377ft) above the sea level.

Cerro Chacaltaya

Cerro Chacaltaya is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.260m (17,257 ft) above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Real of the Bolivian Andes. The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Bolivia.

The Pan-American Highway is one of the biggest adventures in the world. It’s a network of roads covering almost 48,000 kilometres (30,000 mi) from North America to South America.

Close to the popular Death Road but less famous, Camino a Caranavi is a dangerous high mountain road starting in Coroico, with a total length of 76km.

El Angosto o cañón del Pilcomayo

El Angosto de Villa Montes (or Pilcomayo canyon) is one of the deadliest and most dangerous roads in the world. Located in the Tarija Department in south-eastern Bolivia, this balcony road, with a a 450 meter drop on the right unprotected by guardrails, is extremely narrow.

Volcán Acotango is a volcano at an elevation of 6.052 metres (19,856 ft) above the sea level, located in Parque Nacional Sajama, in the border between Bolivia and Chile. There’s a 4x4 mine trail that climbs up at an elevation of 5,509m above the sea level. The unrideable track continues a bit higher, but it’s not driveable. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Bolivia.

 

Paso Colchane-Pisiga is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.695 m above the sea level, located on the Chilean-Bolivian border.

 

Camino al sol de la mañana is a dirt track climbing up to Quetena chico, a small town located in Sur Lípez Province. Situated in the far southwestern region of Bolivia. Quetena chico is located at an elevation of 4,191m above the sea level.

 

Spectacular high mountain dirt track mix of sand, rocks and rivers, in Potosí Department, Bolivia, with a total length of 63.9 km. This corrugated road links Tupiza and Quiriza at an elevation of more than 3100 m above the sea level.

 

Paso Apacheta de Irpa o Cancosa is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.010 m above the sea level, located on the border of Chile and Bolivia.

 

Isla Incahuasi is a rocky outcrop of land in the middle of Salar de Uyuni (the world's largest salt flat) at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level. It’s located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes.

 

Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake at an elevation of 4,278 m above the sea level, located in the southwest of the altiplano of Bolivia.

Portezuelo del Cajón is an international high mountain pass on the border between Chile and Bolivia, at an elevation of 4,480 m (14,698 ft) above the sea level, located on the lower southeast flank of Juriques volcano, in the Andes.

 

Laguna Jankho Khota is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 4.670m above the sea level, located in the Cordillera Real of the Bolivian Andes.

 

Paso Visviri is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.095 m above the sea level, located on the border of Chile and Bolivia.

Colquechaca is a small town in Bolivia, at an elevation of 13,671 ft (4,167 m) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest elevation human habitation in the world.

Picada 108 is a road linking the Ruta Ciudad Mariscal Estigarribia-Mayor Pablo Legerenza in the departments of Boquerón, Paraguay with the Bolivian border. This road, with a total length of 212km, crosses the infamous Ruta Transchaco and during the wet season, it’s totally impassable.

 

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