Yungas offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Bolivia.
The favorite summer/weekend retreat for paceños - natives of La Paz - Coroico is the ideal retreat for travellers as well, the place to rest after experimenting the harshness of Peru and Bolivia's Altiplano.
Its warm weather, tropical surroundings, relaxing atmosphere and oxygen-rich air will also be the perfect transition if you want to continue to Rurrenabaque (about 15 hours) and the Amazon rainforest.
This humid, sub-tropical region is home to the biggest mountain biking adventure in Bolivia: the 64 km dirt road descent from La Cumbre to Coroico through the old Yungas road. Also known as death road or camino de la muerte, it's been labelled "the world's most dangerous road" by the Inter American Developing Bank
You will descend over 3,600 meters pedalling through cloud forests, water falls and Amazonian jungle and return to La Paz using the new, paved highway inaugurated in 2006.
There are daily minibuses from La Paz (around 2 hours ride). A more comfortable option is to hire a private taxi - price will be in the order of 300 Bolivars.
There is another, more interesting alternative to reach the Yungas in two or three days, hiking the Choro trek or using the Eco-via trail.
Once in Coroico you may choose to continue to Rurrenabaque and Madidi National Park. There are daily buses and it takes around 15 hours.
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