Five of the world's deadliest roads

2013-10-17 08:53
These are not your average Sunday drives.

Some of the world's most dangerous roads have sheer cliffs drops and are so narrow, two cars can barely pass each other simultaneously. Take a look at this round-up of five and if you have any others we should know about or have experienced email us:

The Death Road, Bolivia

This road links the world's highest capital city of La Paz to Coroico, some 11 500 feet below in the Amazon basin. Fated for its sharp turns, many cars and trucks have overshot   guardrail-free cliffs to plunge down into the canyon below. This road's notoriety has in fact turned it into a pilgrimage for the adventure mountain bikers. Watch this video to see how the Top Gear team tackled it.

(YouTube user TopGear)

The Million Dollar Highway, United States

Starting off on the Southwest Colorado's Million Dollar Highway, you could be fooled into thinking it is your average highway fringed with beautiful Alpine scenery. However this road, connecting Durango to Ouray via three 10 000-plus-foot mountain passes, starts to get quite hairy about 12 miles south of Ouray. From there you will find a steep and twisting section that is completely unforgiving of driver error. Originally hand-carved by Russian immigrant Otto Mears in the 1880s, the modern highway is especially dangerous during the slip-and-slide snowy months - which is when the locals say, "You'd have to pay me a million dollars to drive that stretch in the snow." Watch the video below to get an idea.

(YouTube user msmagnatone)

Trollstigen, Norway

The serpentine "Troll's Way" winds through 11 hairpin turns at grades of up to 9 percent on its way up to a 2 790-foot mountain pass. Here you will also find the 1 050-foot Stigfossen waterfall that adds to the allure of this rather treacherous tourist attraction, which sees over 2 000 vehicles using it during the high season.  Although several bends have been widened over the years, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from using the road. Take a look at this motorbike ride showcasing its twisted appeal.

(YouTube user StudioByhaven)

Guoliang Tunnel, China

Before this road was carved along the cliffside, people wanting to reach the mountaintop village of Guoliang had to use a steep staircase known as "Sky Ladder". Without state assistance villagers took it upon themselves to hand-carved a 0.75-mile tunnel that's 16 feet tall and 13 feet wide. The roadway twists, turns and dips unpredictably, as might be expected of a DIY project. Watch the video below to see frightening, slow-paced dual traffic situation.

(YouTube user Goorney)

Chapman's Peak, Cape Town

Affectionately known as Chappies this road was closed to the public before undergoing extensive multi-million-rand safety enhancements. Chapman's Peak was notorious for its unexpected rock falls, especially during the wet winter months. Now this winding road along the western side of the Cape Peninsula forms part of one of the most formidable world cycling events, the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky South Atlantic coastline, towards Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the south-western tip of South Africa and it could easily be described as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. 

(YouTube user  nigelandmargie)

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