Sep 6, 2023
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Trampoline of Death Road, the Most Dangerous Road in Colombia

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The Death Trampoline (Trampolín de la Muerte in Spanish) is one of those South American roads that will take your breath away. It has all the ingredients to make its transit an unforgettable adventure: it is located at high altitude, it has very narrow sections in which only one vehicle can pass, it has drops of more than 300 meters, when it rains it is impassable and there may also be landslides. So, with all this, the Death Trampoline is not something to be taken lightly.

A truck on a curve on the Death Trampiline

Located in the mountainous region of Putumayo, the Death Trampoline connects the towns of Mocoa, at about 600 meters above sea level, with San Francisco, at just over 2,100 meters, but its highest points reach up to 2,300 meters. The road is short but intense, as the two towns are separated by about 80 kilometers.

It is probably the most dangerous road in Colombia, and is that every year there are several accidents in its transit, many of them with fatalities. Tragically popular was the tragic event that happened on July 22, 2008, when a bus of the Colombian company Cootransmayo fell into the abyss of the road, leaving 23 dead and 22 injured.

These almost 80 kilometers of terror without paving were built in the early 1930s, during the war between Peru and Colombia. The fact that it is an unpaved and extremely narrow pass does not mean that heavy vehicles transit through it, although it should be prohibited. So, imagine what can happen when a trailer and a bus cross paths.

Aerial View of Putamayo

Driving the Death Trampoline

Broken gravel on the Death Trampoline

The Death Trampoline Road is a dangerous place to drive, but it is also a popular tourist destination. Some people enjoy the challenge of driving on the road, while others are drawn to the scenery. If you are planning to drive on the Death Trampoline Road, be sure to exercise caution and be aware of the risks. Here are some tips for driving safely on the road:

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Be aware of the blind curves and hairpin turns.
  • Use your horn to warn other drivers of your presence.
  • Do not drive in the rainy season.
  • If you see a landslide, do not attempt to drive through it.

Despite its treacherous conditions, the Death Trampoline attracts thrill-seekers and adventurers looking for an adrenaline rush. Its stunning yet perilous landscapes offer a glimpse into the rugged beauty of Colombia’s mountainous terrain. However, travelers are strongly advised to exercise caution and adhere to safety guidelines when traversing this infamous roadway.

The Death Trampoline on Google Maps, from Mocoa to San Francisco

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