Wow what a thrill! There were about 12 of us in the group (this company doesn't go out in big groups) and two guides. We did some practice runs in a parking lot to get used to the bikes then hit the first paved downhill part. That was already the beginning of the adventure - you can go as fast as you want, really, with one guide in front and one guide at the back. You stop from time to time to take some breaks, take pictures, talk to guides etc. Then off to Death Road - the main part of the ride. SO much fun, again, stopping to take breaks every 15 - 20 minutes or so. But you can go at your pace, slow or fast (I wouldn't recommend going too fast!), which makes it fun since you don't have to wait around for the whole group. Definitely worth doing, highly recommend this company and an experience that is a must-do when in Bolivia!
This has been on my to do list for a few years now and I'm so happy I finally did it! Definitely book with Viator / Gravity since it's the safest option. Yes, there are other companies which are a bit cheaper, but you don't want to risk it. The bikes used are professional mountain bikes, they cost between $3,000 and $3,500 each and are maintained properly by a mechanic after each use! The ride itself was exhilarating. The road is a decent size (width), but it is still in use today, so be careful with cars, buses and trucks coming up at you! The guides were very professional, have years of experience and make sure that you have a good and safe ride to the bottom! You start out at about 15,500 feet above sea level and end at end at about 3,300 feet, so layers are a must! It's a bit chilly at the top and hot at the bottom, so always good to pack different clothes. The ride is 100% downhill, although there is an optional uphill section (which no one in our group did). Although downhill, some parts are a bit bumpy so tough on your hands and arms. Gloves are provided (and obligatory) but be prepared for a bit of muscle pain the next day! After we got down to the bottom, there is an optional zipline ride you can do (pay directly there), or you can just relax, enjoy some cold beers and a nice visit to La Senda Verde animal refuge. To head back to La Paz, the driver will either take the new (paved) road or back up Death Road. We went back up Death Road - it's even scarier doing it in the bus, at night and passing other vehicles! All in all, 5/5, awesome (and long!) day out, highly recommended and make sure you use this company - your safety is their top priority!
Knowledgeable and friendly guide - answered all questions without hesitation. Definitely worthwhile doing, glad we booked this as we learned things about La Paz and Bolivia that we would never have known!
Great orientation of the city and Moon Valley is a must. It's located on the southern end of La Paz, really easy to access, so the combination of the city sightseeing portion and Moon Valley is perfect! I recommend doing this on your first day in La Paz so you can get orientated with the city before exploring it on your own!
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