Terrifying video offers virtual reality trip down the world’s most dangerous road

Terrifying video offers virtual reality trip down the world’s most dangerous road
Terrifying video offers virtual reality trip down the world’s most dangerous road

A frightening new video is letting members of the public experience a drive on the world’s most dangerous road from the safety of their own sitting room.

The clip offers a hair-raising 360-degree view of the North Yungas Road – also known as “Death Road” – which until recently claimed hundreds of lives every year.

There is even an immersive VR version of the clip for those who want to really scare themselves.

The 43-mile road connects the Bolivian capital, La Paz, to the Yungas region in the Amazonian rainforest. It peaks at 15,260 ft (4,650 metres) at La Cumbre Pass, and then makes a steep decline to around to around 3,900 ft (1,200 metres).

In many places the infamous route is only just wide enough for two vehicles to pass and it is bordered by cliffs on one side and sheer drops to the valley floor on the other.

At its worst, it is estimated that 300 people a year lost their lives trying to negotiate the treacherous route.

The video was produced by price comparison site Comparethemarket.com, which sent a camera crew to undertake the terrifying drive so you don’t have to. As well as the on-board footage of the road, the crew captured dramatic footage of the rich rainforest surroundings.

The road gained fame in the UK when Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May drove their £3,500 4x4s along it as part of the show’s Bolivia special.

Since 2009, the route has been bypassed by a wider, safer road but it still attracts thrill-seekers. For those who don’t fancy the trip to Bolivia or taking their lives in their hands, the clip is still enough to set the pulse racing.

In the 1990s, the North Yungus Road claimed 300 lives year. Picture: Shutterstock

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