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Visiting Bolivia in October The Rapid Traveler met video game designer extraordinaire Travis Steiner who had just hurtled down Bolivia’s Death Road (Yungas Road) by bike. This is a popular activity among tourists, though the roadside crosses testify to the continued lethality of the daytrip. There are frequent complaints of the equipment, quality and safety measures of various tour operators. Travis is experienced with a bike and did a tremendous amount of research, eventually selecting B-side. B-side is the premium operator but the cost seems justified compared to the poor girl on another tour Travis saw whose handlebar came off during her ride.
This is not the kind of activity to tempt fate by testing a number of operators, so a comparative review is not feasible. And The Rapid Traveler wanted no part of being a punchline on newspaper headlines, “Found death on Death Road,” that kind of thing, little better than the infamous last words, “Hey, look at me.” But those who want to experience the road part without the death part can consider B-side among the options.
Travis generously granted permission to share his superb photos. His full flickr album captures the stark beauty of southwestern Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni and Northern Chile. So much so that The Rapid Traveler’s own pictures, long on his to-do list but nothing compared to Travis’, may need to be kept under wraps.
And a great video on the Death Road:
Readers, have any of you ridden Death Road?
Disclaimer: The Rapid Traveler has no connection with B-side and will not receive any compensation from this recommendation.