The road to Kuş Yuvası Pass will take your breath away
Kuş Yuvası (Bird's Nest) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.388m (4,553ft) above the sea level, located in the District of Alanya of Antalya Province, in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. The road to the summit was recently closed due its dangerousness.
Set high in the Taurus Mountains, the road to the summit is totally paved but in pretty bad conditions, due to poor weather and rock slides that have definitely blocked the road. Located on the southwestern part of the country, the road is 2.8 km (1.73 miles) long. Tucked away within the Dim Çayı Milli Parkı natural park, the road is extreme. On one side you’ll have the canyon walls; on the other, nothing, just the abyss. It has sheer drops on one side and stones on the other, featuring very sharp hairpin turns.
Known by locals as "a road of death", it is a tough road, where many died in the past and many vehicles ended up at the bottom of cliffs. Some sections of the road are narrower than 1 meter. Loose gravel on this road is also a hazard; add this to that the fact that the road winds narrowly around cliff edges with no barriers and you have a recipe for trouble.
Due its dangerousness, the road it’s being bypassed by tunnels. Authorities have already built 10 tunnels and 10 more will be finished by 2022. The Bird's Nest now has a total of 8 kilometers of tunnels that take the route farther away from the cliffs. However, even the new road has many turns and is considerably dangerous, especially for the unexperienced riders.
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