Seven people were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine during a journey on Bolivia's "highway of death," police said Thursday.

The accident took place around midnight Wednesday as the bus was en route from La Paz to the village of Caranavi, police Col. Victorino Torres said.

The vehicle ran off the road at a spot known as Alto Choro, falling around 400 metros (1,300 feet) to the bottom of a ravine, Torres said.

A woman and child were among the fatalities.

The "highway of death" winds through Yungas, a region of steep valleys that descend from the 4,000-meter (13,114-feet) Andean highlands into Amazonian jungles.

The road's dangers - and its spectacular views - have become an attraction for daredevil cyclists and bikers, mostly from abroad.

Bolivia, one of the poorest nations in the hemisphere, suffers an average of 1,000 traffic deaths per year. EFE