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Need urgent advice: Colombia - Venezuela - Ecuador

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1. Posted by runec (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hello everyone
I'm going to Bogota in a few weeks to visit a friend. Since I can only stay with him a few days, I wonder what to do the rest of the time (around 10 days). I'm a little skeptical of travelling around in Colombia on my own, so I thought maybe I could combine it with Ecuador or Venezuela.
I'd be thankful for any ideas of places to see...
I heard Quito is nice, but is it safe to go from Bogota to Quito by bus? How about crossing the border from Colombia to Venezuela? Maybe Panama is a better idea?
Appreciate any help.


2. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Panama is a much better idea, it is dangerous to take night buses to Quito via Cali and the the Colombia-Venezuela border is a very remote area and very dangerous. We have an active colombia forum, PM me.

3. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

DBloom is correct.

My advice would be to fly from Bogota to Cali and then onto Quito by plane, or just fly direct from Bogota to Quito.

If you are planning on doing things overland - Panama would be a better way to go.

Also anywhere further East of Santa Marta into the mountains towards the Venezuela border is dangerous territory

4. Posted by runec (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of changing my plans - maybe I'll go to Leticia instead and cruise around on the river for a few days. Anyone with experience from this area?

5. Posted by Juanalejo (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

There are several very safe areas to travel around Colombia, without the need of getting on a plane. If you still prefer flying areas like the Coffee Region or Cartagena should top the list of places not to be missed.