Hey I just had a quick question. I\'ve been seeing warnings everywhere about not travelling to Colombia at all. I\'m flying into Venezuala and want to go over to ecuador. Should I go through colombia or go around through Brazil. If I should go through colombia what where and how would be safest and what should I see while I\'m there
Hello Patrick 😊
I moved this to the Over Land forum. Hopefully it will get some replies here.
Haven't crossed the border between Colombia and Venezuela, nor have I ever been to these countries, but from what I've heard so far about Colombia (am actually going there myself in 3 months!) is that the safety has improved a lot and that it's an upcoming tourist destination. Have met many travelers who've been to Ecuador and Colombia and few had any problems there.
Regarding the bordercrossing Venezuela-Colombia. Like I said, I haven't been there myself so I don't really know. But the impression I got on the Lonely Planet Thorntree travel forum is that it's a dangerous bordercrossing (when I was looking into tickets I found most to be a lot cheaper in Caracas, but decided to fly to Bogota instead because I wasn't all comfortable with the dubious bordercrossing).
I'd recommend you also check whether the bordercrossing Colombia-Ecuador is open/safe. Have heard some strange stories about it (though nothing compared to Venezuela-Colombia), and, considering their tense political situation last year, things might be a bit harder.
Colombia is a fantastic country, friendly, safe, lots to see. Don't go off the tourist track and into the depths of the jungle alone and you will be fine. Take a look at my blog for some more info.
We did the overland crossing from Ecuador to Colombia in 2008 and were impressed by how easy and smooth it all was. We then went on to Panama, so I don't know too much about the crossing to Venezuela.
Most people I have spoken to much prefer Colombia to Venezuela by the way.
While I was in Peru last year the Colombians killed a FARC leader.This almost started a war with Ecuador.A group of people orgonised a music festival on the border to protest.From what I could gather from the news FARC threatened anyone who turned up and their families.This is how these groups work with fear.1000s of young people still showed up and a cable TV station televised the whole 3 or 4 days.Everyone that was interviewed said they were sick of the small group of people ruining their country and causing them to live in fear.I believe this was the beginning of the end for these groups and I am now quite confident to cross Ecuador/Colombia border.I'm still not sure about Colombia/Venezuala.I will make up my mind when in Colombia and have spoken with locals and fellow travellers.Definately won't be travelling the Dorian Gap though
I have to say though that my Spanish is patchy at best so this is only my translation of the events
We just left Colombia after travelling there for almost five weeks and we absolutley loved it. We didn't feel unsafe at any time and had some fantastic experiences. The only thing we were warned not to do was to travel the route from Popayan to Ipiales in the South overnight. This route though is safe during the day and we did this journey with no trouble.
Good luck, enjoy!
I've always heard that Colombians who travel to Venezuela turn around because Venezuela is too dangerous. While in Colombia try to avoid overnight buses and the jungle regions (especially the Darien) and you should be fine. Tanganga is a good beach region on the Caribean with cheap dive courses. Bogota is cold, but clean. Cartegena is a giant slum. Everyone I've talked to who's been to Quito, Equidor has been robbed. Apparently there's only 4 safe streets. Good luck.