I am happy to report that I survived the first of many trips on El Camino de la Muerte (Death Road). I feel like the journey is worthy of its own blog post, given it was so epic unto itself.
El Camino de la Muerte connects La Paz with the region of Los Yungas, the Amazon rainforest where the coffee production zone is situated. Prior to renovation, it was once labelled the `World`s Most Dangerous Road`. Although it has since undergone construction, with a new road bypassing the most treacherous section, I can well understand why it remains renowned for its perilous nature. It was disconcerting to see several crosses adorned with flowers at intervals along the roadside. There are various google images and YouTube videos that frankly I did not need to see! After my curiosity got the better of me, I confess I was incited to add `write will` to my to-do list (somewhere between `tattoo` and `yoga`, though like those it got neglected in my pre-departure preparations).
Winding through the valley, El Camino clings to mountain gorges with hairpins turns, a steep drop on one side to the river below and rocky cliff face on the other. At its worst locations, the road is gravel and only wide enough for one vehicle, yet it is a fairly busy, two-way highway. Consequently, when the many cars, buses, lorries and trucks meet, negotiation ensues to determine who will have to reverse (often around corners) until there is a spot wide enough for vehicles to inch by.