Trampolina del Muerte | Tourist Attraction

Colombia

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It took us 4 hours from San Augustin to Mocoa and from there to Sibundoy another 4-5hours. The road from Mocoa to Sibundoy is a dirtroad but not in a very bad shape but it takes its time. The first rivercrossing, from this direction coming, is the worst one of all of them, it can get rough when its raining a lot, but all the locals pass it as well with their motorbikes and small cars...
Beautifull scenery on this road when the sky is clear!

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We were pretty worried about the infamous Death Road… so here’s a “conditions report” to help you relax.

Left Mocoa at 6:45am and arrived at Laguna de la Concha around 12:45. We stopped for a second breakfast on the route. About 5-5.5 hours of driving. Mainly first and second gear, around 10 km/hr the entire way uphill. We aired down our tires 10 psi and it made the bumps a lot more manageable.

Ford Transit with AWD, BFG All Terrain tires… 4 tons, 6 meters long. Rained the day before, but not during our drive. Road was doable for any vehicle when we drove. You don’t need 4x4 or AWD.

The only ‘decent’ sized river crossing (the first one) was not passed my mid-calf. Small. Rocky bottom. I imagine during crazy rains it could be bad, but even with most rains, it’s probably fine.

Lots of blind corners that fit one vehicle but are for traffic in both directions. Locals drive this everyday. We saw a lot of people going fast and on their phone… 😅. Use your horn to your heart’s desire. I honked a good 163 times. Go slow, etc. For me (someone who loves offroading as much as that’s possible in a cargo van), it was the perfect amount of sketchiness to be enjoyable and exciting but not make me fear death or be truly anxious. There are some damaged sections with mudslides and STEEP drop-offs, but they’re short.

My biggest concern before driving was potential mudslides during any rainy/windy weather. After driving this personally, I would drive it in light rain conditions but nothing more. Mainly because mudslides terrify me.

Surprisingly, there was decent cell service during a lot of the drive. Lots of places to pull over, take a break, etc. the Trampolina is majorly overhyped as far as difficulty goes, in my opinion. We’ve driven much worse roads in Colombia.

We didn’t get a good amount of oncoming traffic until 9am. The earlier you leave, the less people you’ll have at the tight sections.

You got this! 😎

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We had a lot of rain the night before and it was still raining during our trip. The road was still driveable for any kind of car. Only the views were of course blocked by the clouds. It took us in total 5,5h from Mocoa to Pasto. We are driving a Landcruiser.

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A typical mountain gravel road with lot's of traffic. Cars, buses and big trucks. often one lane, difficult to pass if a big truck is coming, nice landscape, rode it with a light enduro motorbike, no problems at all

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I don't quite understand the hype, it's a partly one-lane road, unpaved, through the mountains, fantastic landscape, the locals drive from the Toyota Corola to the truck with a trailer and excavator on this route

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Woooooooooow!

Drove the Trampolina today with our 2WD 3,5t Van from Sibundoy to Mocoa.

Took us in total about 6h inkl. filming etc.

The landscape is breathtaking and it is really worth it! Drove in first gear most of the time. If you go slow and make sure that it isn‘t tooo rainy, any car can make it. Trucks and normal cars are driving it, too.

Loved the road and filmed it… so in about 2-3 month from today on you can also look it up on our YT-Channel (,Anschnallen Abfahrt‘) in case you are not sure if you should / can drive it (it really is not meant as an advertise… it is just meant as a help… because we also were not sure about if we can drive it and asked other travellers for an advice).

Enjoy the adventure :)

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Whoaaa, what a fantastic road! It reminded us a lot of the Yungas Road in Bolivia on the most tricky parts, although the drops are probably a bit less dramatic.

The road is open both ways, since they finished the construction works on the regulas PanAmerican road going up. It definitely requires patience and going back and forward with ongoing traffic at times, but isn’t that the charm / challenge of the experience?

Just makes sure that the weather is relatively okay and if the road is not blocked, because big landslides do occur often and rain + visibility can be properly dangerous.

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We couldn't see any regulations anymore. Trucks, busses, normal cars etc. everything going in both directions. No signs or checkpoint on the Pasto side and on the checkpoint before Mocoa, only a guy busy on his phone.

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Read this!!!!

Maybe it’s because there are some other road closures in the area. But this road is one direction one day and the other direction the next. Today is the 31. Not sure if it’s odd and even but today it going south.

Obviously the police I talked to didn’t tell me this before I started dodging oncoming truck that don’t stop coming.

I have stopped now on the side thinking about waiting till tomorrow to finish. You can leap frog trucks but it sucks and I’m in the wrong so I always need to backup

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Took us 4.5 hrs, Mocoa to Sibundoy, tarmac to tarmac. Beautiful drive.

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The road is still a challenge even if they're doing some road work near mocoa but sometimes it's really narrow when you cross a big truck but it's a beautiful scenic drive. It took us 3h to get to this point with our fiat Ducato on a sunny day.

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took us about 6 hours from mocoa to pasto. it was pretty foggy and started to rain. the road is hard packed gravel so even in a down pour this road is passable with any vehicle. honestly not even that rough. just very narrow in places and negotiating with oncoming traffic can be tricky, but honestly not bad. the fog made for some cool pictures but it would have been nice to do it on a sunny day.

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Wasnt anticipating a road of this caliber. Normally, i try to avoid rough gravel roads with my home on wheels. However, i was unprepared on my research. BUT, i must say. The views were stunning. The road was a bumpy 4 hours in a 1987 van. We crossed numerous rivers (1st one is still the worst) while the remaining ones had a layer of concrete to make the crossing easy. A few standoffs with large trucks had us in reverse through some of those same rivers.

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we like the driving and views. slow (average 16km/h), but doable with our 2x4 sprinter camper van. just ask locals when you start and it was raining that there are no landslides.

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Took 3 hrs from Mocoa to Sibundoy with 4x4. It was rainy but not dangerous or difficult road. Just some fun.

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Challenging just for big big rigs probably, we have a Tacoma and we had fun here, took us 3.5 hours. Nice views. Buckle your seatbelts, man up, and let’s go boys!

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Don't know how it was before, now it's just a long boring road. The main issue is not to meet a truck on a sharp corner. The views are so-so, i liked the part from Sibundoy to Laguna de Cocha more. I wish i would drive to Ecuador directly from Mocoa

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fun road for motos, even my wife liked it on a fully loaded DR650 in the rain. it's not that technical, mostly hardpacked, no loose gravel, some water crossings, took us 3hrs and we were going a little slow. Bolivian death road was better but this was nice, not much traffic on a monday

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Do not have too high expectation. The traffic is really heavy at some parts, drivers always in rush and if you consider the views spectacular you've probably not seen much from Colombia yet. We were quite disappointed.

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Good little road. Some places a bit narrow but nothing too bad. We had a sunny day so views are to kill for up here!

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roadworks are happening now and almost 90% of the 60 km dirt road has been maintained yet. the road is pretty good now (leveled with no more potholes). it is still very narrow in places with lots of curves and trafic though. wasn't a problem at all for our 7.3m long 2WD motorhome to drive throught. took us 4h30 to complete the drive. one of the best views we had in south america by now. don't miss it !

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Unless you really want to do this road, all locals told us avoid el Trampolin del muerte. They suggested us to drive the 45 down south from Mocoa to Ecuador. You can read our comments there.

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Did this on a motorbike in the rain. Innumerable shallow water crossings but nothing at all worrying. The main issue with this road is the fist-sized gravel, although I talked to another traveler who did it on a bicycle without too much difficulty.

There are multiple places to stop for hot food and drink which is nice.

Arguably this is the "real death road" in South America (not the touristy tolled one north of La Paz; there are several in Peru that come much closer to competition).

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As we thought there aren't any possibilities to stop for the night at this road we stayed close to Mocoa. But there are actually several spots to park on grassy areas, so no pull outs to let the oncoming traffic pass, most of them nicely flat and large enough to fit at least one truck.
After hitting the gravel in Pepino the first good option came at km 10 and then all 2 to 3 km another. Almost at km 20 is a police station and a small restaurant but not really a place to park leveled. Another restaurant at km 38 with space enough. Before that there are 2 large spots (km 35 and 36) and after the restaurant will come 4 great locations within the next 4 kms. One is especially nice for tent campers as there is a ruin close to the street and a grassy way (wide enough for any car too) on the left leading behind. Pitching a tent unseen from the road should be easy. After arriving the pass at 2,800 meters of altitude there is not much choice, as on the other side the road gets much better and wider and private land is either side. Barb wire is dominating the scenery again.
Its 62,5 km in total to the End of pavement label in this map.

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This road is actually quite famous in the adventurers circles - it's something like Colombian version of Bolivia's death road. It's called Trampolina del Muerte or Adiós mi Vida.
We've driven both Bolivia's death road and this one - the state of the road is not that good, but it's not really that dangerous - it's just a bit unconfortable because of the larger rocks in the dirt road and trucks on the road.
The views are really stunning though, I stopped several times to take pictures. On the worst sections, there's also railing along the road, so you won't fall down even if you wanted to. Took us 3.5 hours to drive, with many stops for taking pictures and video. Could do it definitely in 3, maybe less, but hey, what would be the point. Go earlier in the morning so you won't rush.
From San Francisco to Pasto, the road is paved again.

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I don't think I would refer to the water crossings as rivers. Maybe after torrential downpours. Fun road, wish it wasn't so overcast. Hit 10300 ft alt. And not sure why it's referred to as carreterra 45. Most maps show it as 10

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We drove this road with a minivan after it was raining for days. A few river crossings but only one (the first one coming from north) was a bit bad. We walked thru first and moved bigger rocks. Not a nice dirt road as it's bigger rocks and slow going. BUT a nice scenery road!

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It took us 4 hours from San Augustin to Mocoa and from there to Sibundoy another 4-5hours. The road from Mocoa to Sibundoy is a dirtroad but not in a very bad shape but it takes its time. The first rivercrossing, from this direction coming, is the worst one of all of them, it can get rough when its raining a lot, but all the locals pass it as well with their motorbikes and small cars...
Beautifull scenery on this road when the sky is clear!

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