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a VirtualTourist member asked on Aug 2, 2016


Border crossing

Hi, I would like some informations about the safety of the Colombia-Ecuador border crossing. Is it better to travel daytime only and is there different bus company travelling that area.

4 Answers

answered on 8/2/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Everyone has the same question as you if the border crossing between Ecuador and Colombia is safe....flying is of course a lot safer and faster you don't have to cram yourself for 28 hours on the bus check the Ecuadorian airline [original link]

Dozen of backpackers crossing the border between Colombia and Ecuador everyday. Either you travel in daytime or night time, the trip duration takes about 28 hour depend where you start

The link of buses below not buy your ticket in advance. For deluxe go for buses Ormeno, Cruz del Sur, and Rutas de America

[original link]

[original link]

answered on 8/2/16 by
a VT member

thank you very much, i never tought it was that long but since we will be travelling SA for 5 months we will mostly travel by land.

answered on 8/2/16 by
a VT member from Minsk

I'm not sure what the first answer is trying to say. 28 hours from where to where? That makes no sense. But the bigger issue is there isn't only one crossing and it DOES matter where/when you cross.

The most popular crossing is at Ipiales. This crossing is heavily trafficked and generally safe. That said, any border area is a little dodgy so keep your eye on your stuff.

La Punta/San Miguel crossing is a totally different story. You shouldn't really be using this crossing anyway, but you most certainly wouldn't want to do it at night. The area is big with drug traffic and violence is not unheard of.

Crossing at San Lorenzo/Monte Alto-Tumaco is complicated involving boats and getting an immigration stamp before coming to the area.

answered on 8/2/16 by
a VT member

Thank you, I guess my question wasn't very clear. Yes I was thinking of Ipiales border crossing. Since we want to visit Popayan and San Augustin we should not be that far.

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