South Yungas Road

South Yungas Road, a scenically rewarding but dangerous trip

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

Set high in the Sud Yungas region, and located to the south of the infamous North Yungas Road (Death Road), the road is totally unpaved. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward: along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs. The drive features more than 50 hairpin turns.
The road is 25km (15 miles) long, running from Ruta Nacional 25, on Huancané to Ruta Nacional 40, south of Coripata. 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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