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7 of the World’s Scariest Roads (Slideshow)

1. North Yungas Road, Bolivia

The North Yungas Road, or “the Road of Death,” is often described as the most dangerous road in the entire world, claiming the lives of an estimated 200 to 300 unlucky travelers every year. This is due to a combination of its narrowness (an average of 10 feet wide at any given point), its lack of guard rails, the extreme dropoffs alongside the road, and its road surface, which is often muddy and rocky. The road leads from La Paz to the Amazon Rainforest, and the temperature difference often contributes to vision-obscuring rain and fog. The road was partially modernized in 2006, adding better drainage, multiple lanes, and guardrails to many places, but it is nonetheless a road that should be approached only with great caution.

Photo Credit: .GilCahana at he.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.

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2:35AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks

3:01PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

id love to walk that lat one. wow

4:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Goodness, they sure are scary.

5:20PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Wow....these roads make the theme parks I've visited in the past few years seem pretty tame!!

11:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

spectacular! I would say Needles Highway made my hair stand on end, also, the switchback roads in Alaska, in March, made me pull my hat over my eyes and pray.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3921011

8:39AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I would NEVER drive on one of these roads! They are all scarry except the one in Russia which just a mud trail. I wouldn't drive on it either.

8:25AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

oh wow- scary...

4:30AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:02PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

wow, thanks for sharing.

11:00AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I'll take scared roads over stupid drivers.

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