Saturday, March 13, 2010
Bolivian Death Road
The Yungas road was built by prisoners during Bolivia's 1932-35 war with Paraguay. For many years it was the only route linking northern Bolivia to the capital.In 1994, 26 vehicles went over the edge - an average of one every two weeks. In 1995, the Inter-American Development Bank listed the road as the most dangerous on earth. The new road circumvents the worst sections but hundreds of vehicles use the old dirt track as a short cut. In each year since it was built, up to 200 people have died on this highway: coca-growers, soldiers - and the odd tourist.