Photographer's Note

this is the famous road from La Paz to Coroico in Yungas, North of La Paz. The roads drops 3000m from La Cumbre Pass to Coroico in 2hours drive.
The road is known to be the most fatal in the world. The number of casualties per km is the highest in the world. On everage an accident happened every two weeks. All victims are of those whose vehicles fell off the edge of the road down the slope. The number of crosses , marking victims, along the road is astonishing.
The road is so narrow that when two cars has to pass each other, the one going down has to use the left part of the road (although Bolivia is a right hand drive country) as the driver having wound down his window is able to see where the edge of ledge is.
All what I described above is how it used to be when I was there in 1997. In 2000 the rules how to use the road were changed. Between 5pm and 5 am all the traffic moves up (towards La Paz) the other hours the traffic goes in opposite direction. Number of accidents decreased substiantially, but on La Cumbre Pass drivers still sprinkle tyres of their trucks with alcohol for good luck before setting of downhill .

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