South Yungas Road is a scenically rewarding but dangerous trip

South Yungas Road is the name of a dangerous mountain road located in the La Paz Department, Bolivia.

South Yungas Road

How long is South Yungas Road?

Set high in the Sud Yungas region, South Yungas Road is totally unpaved. It’s 25km (15 miles) long, running from Ruta Nacional 25, on Huancané to Ruta Nacional 40, south of Coripata.

Is South Yungas Road dangerous?

Located to the south of the infamous North Yungas Road (Death Road), the road features more than 50 hairpin turns and tops out at 1.869m (6,131ft) above the sea level. It crosses a dangerous creek. This ridiculously tight road, with narrow passage and a lot of traffic includes 600 meters (1,830 feet) drops, and is full of hairpins.

How to drive the South Yungas Road?

If one encounters an oncoming vehicle while the road is narrow, there are certain rules to follow. First, the vehicle heading uphill has the right of way, as stopping and starting back up might be difficult on certain types of terrain. Also, if the road is wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other, the drivers must switch the cars' positions on the road, so the drivers can tell how far off the cliff or the mountain their respective vehicles cars are. It is very important to check rainfall in this area before setting off and make sure you are well prepared for the trip.


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