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The world's most dangerous road: La Paz - Los Yungas in Bolivia.

By Igor I. Solar
Posted Jan 6, 2012 in Travel
(NOTE: 2nd VIDEO ADDED) A video captured with a cellphone and uploaded to YouTube on December 30, shows a shocking accident of a passenger bus on the road connecting the city of La Paz with the Yungas region in Bolivia.
The bus was travelling with about 50 passengers who decided to get off before the driver attempted to pass through a narrow path. The effort of the bus driver failed when, due to the soft condition of the terrain, caused by recent heavy rain, the bus plunged into a ravine. The passengers witnessed how the bus and driver fell about 100 meters to his death.
The Yungas Road, also known as "Camino de la Muerte" (Death Road), is a single lane path of approximately 80 km belonging to Bolivia’s Route N° 3, linking the city of La Paz and the Yungas region. The road is in the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains towards the Amazon basin with a height ranging between 600 and 2,500 meters above sea level. It is legendary for its extreme danger and the number of accidents that happen on this road every year. The yearly average is 209 accidents and 96 people killed. The Inter-American Development Bank has named the Yungas Road “The world's most dangerous road”.
The path was built by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay in the 1930s. It is one of the few routes that connect La Paz, capital of Bolivia to the Amazon jungle.
The quality of the video is not very good, which can be attributed to the state of shock of the owner of the cellphone and the impact caused by the accident on all the survivors.