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Bolivia Extreme Downhill Mountain Bike Adventure

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Discover the secrets of the landlocked heart of South America. Behold the marvels of magically surreal salt flats, lofty cities perched on canyon sides and the juxtaposition of Amazonian and Andean landscapes. Bolivia has one of the most fascinating and varied cultures of the continent. The echoes of ancient civilizations resonate throughout the ruined cities, busy markets overflow with rainbow coloured textiles and chicken buses navigate their way along winding mountain roads. With such an abundance of experiences to offer, your time in Bolivia is sure to be unforgettable.

Some of the best technical downhill mountain bike trails in the world are located just outside of La Paz Bolivia, and Frontier can take you there to rip them up.

Take on the famous North Yungas Road, aka the “Campino de la Muerta”, which has a reputation as being the world’s most dangerous road!

This adrenaline filled adventure will see you ride 60km downhill through some of the most epic mountain scenery in South America as you descend 3,600 meters from the snow-capped Andean altiplano to the steamy Amazon basin.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride one of the world’s most notorious routes
  • Travel from the snow-capped Andes to the Amazon basin downhill!
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!
Emergency Ground Transport Terrestrial Free Time
FAST FACTS
Location Bolivia
Activities Mountain bike down the “world’s most dangerous road”!
Take in the scenic view of the Bolivian environment
See a part of the Amazon rainforest
Transport Not included
Accommodation Not included

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support and documentation
Travel & medical advice and documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Project orientation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Bolivia Extreme Mountain Biking adventure begins in the metropolis of La Paz, where you are transfer by mini-bus to the vast expanse of the altiplano high above the city. From here, the only way is down as you are guided by qualified professional riders on top of the range serviced mountain bikes on the ride of your life.

After a detailed safety briefing it’s down to you to give thanks to Pacha Mama and head off on the ride of your life.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Throughout the ride you will be surrounded by jaw dropping views, waterfalls and canyons along the famous North Yungas Road. The road is now officially closed to motorised vehicles, making it the perfect all downhill trail for enthusiastic thrill seekers.  
 
Your mountain biking adventure may last between 4 to 5 hours and begins at La Cumbre, a wind-swept plain on the Andean altiplano 4,700 metres above sea level. At La Cumbre, you may have the opportunity to take in fantastic views of snowy covered peaks. From La Cumbre, you will take a rapid descend down a twisting asphalted road among the mountain peaks, grazing llamas and alpacas, and tiny villages. We stop for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way - all the better to give us time to take in the surrounding towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and ever greener vegetation, while preparing ourselves for the next breath-taking section.
 
After a snack we descend further, and after a brief undulating section of road we enter the jungle itself and the most challenging part of the ride. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 2,000m. With 1,000m+ sheer drops off to our left and hulking rock overhangs and cascading waterfalls to our right, we ride through mist, low cloud and dust. With your positive attitude and our expert instruction, coaching and supervision you can safely enjoy some of South America’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery as you hurtle down the road. 
 
As we near the end of the ride it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom you will be tired, hot, dirty and exhilarated. Just below the village of Yolosa we ride down to our final rest stop at a local wildlife sanctuary where we enjoy a late pasta and salad buffet lunch, take in the magnificent scenery, spend time relaxing by the pool, enjoying a cold drink and getting to know the rescued animals. 
 
Please note: Participants have the option of overnighting in the jungle town of Coroico rather than returning to La Paz the day of the ride, in which case we shall deliver you and your backpack to the town square of Coroico. Many people take this option and then take a bus the next day from Coroico to Rurrenabaque and the Bolivian Amazon Jungle.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into La Paz international airport before making your own way to the project meeting point in central La Paz at 7:30am where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. 

We recommend that you arrive into La Paz the night before the project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements however these would be at your own cost. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation is not provided as part of this programme.
Participants will be returned to La Paz at the end of the day (approx. 8-10pm) unless otherwise requested. Alternatively you have the opportunity to remain in the jungle town of Coroico (approx. 5pm).

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Basic snacks and refreshments are provided along the route, however you are welcome to bring along additional supplies which can be transported in the supporting minibus. 
 
A pasta and salad buffet lunch is also provided at the end of the ride at our final destination near Coroico.
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ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

There are a variety of fun and amazing activities you can take in Bolivia! In addition taking on the world’s most dangerous road, you may also want to try and participate in the other extreme adventure biking excursions that are on offer. In-country Frontier representatives will be more than happy to assist you with the options if you decide to take the challenge further. 

You may also want to explore more of the Bolivian part of the Amazon rainforest and go to Coroico. From here you can take the bus to Rurrenabaque and the Bolivian Amazon Jungle!  

Ultimately, you may just want to relax and have it easy for the rest of your trip. If so, La Senda Animal Refuge offers camping sites, cabins, a pool and a magnificent Bolivian countryside view for you to enjoy. And if by chance you’re feeling adventurous once more, you can take on another challenge and zip line down 1,555 metres of jaw dropping fun!  

COSTS

Project fee £ 69

Registration fee £ 20

DEPARTURE DATES

Daily. Bikers are welcome all year round. However, please be aware fewer trips take place during the rainy season from December to March when weather conditions may have an adverse impact upon the trail. 

DURATION

4-5 hours

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): La Paz (LPB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.