3. Biking the Bolivian Death Road
Yet another thrill with “death” in the title. Sadly, this one comes by the name honestly, as a handful of people lose their lives each year cycling down Bolivia’s North Yungus Road – yet over 25,000 tourists flock here annually to partake in this. Starting at 4,650m (15,260ft), the switchback road runs 65km (40 miles) back and forth along the mountain, with sheer drops at every hairpin corner. There are no barriers or guard rails on this 3m wide gravel track. Cyclists used to share the road with cars and trucks along the route (back when 200-300 people would lose their lives each year), but as of 2008 the road is mainly for daredevils on two wheels. Go with a reputable guide who takes safety seriously and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. The dangerous Death Road is about an hour’s drive from La Paz.