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benjaminsa
post Jan 14 2010, 06:40 PM
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Hi,

I am flying into Caracas on the second of April and want to go straight to Colombia pretty much, but there is alot of talk that this is impossible because of border conflict and guerilla activity!? Can anyone say what the situation is like there, and maybe what it may be like come april!? It would be very much appreciated!


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post Mar 25 2010, 08:49 AM
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QUOTE(benjaminsa @ Jan 14 2010, 06:40 PM) *

Hi,

I am flying into Caracas on the second of April and want to go straight to Colombia pretty much, but there is alot of talk that this is impossible because of border conflict and guerilla activity!? Can anyone say what the situation is like there, and maybe what it may be like come april!? It would be very much appreciated!


cheers


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It all depends on current events.

I am in Colombia currently (Cartagena). We flew from Quito to Cali to Bogota to Cartagena to avoid crossing the southern border by bus because FARC (though beaten back) is still active in the southern regions.

Perhaps a bit excessive (but I'm traveling with my girlfriend and we are at the end of a long journey..so we are playing it extra safe), but there was a bombing in the southwest yesterday..sooooo..

A general rule for Peru, Ecuador, Colombia (and I'd assume Venezuela) is to travel by day and to take the top line buses. This ensures that you get professional drivers that won't fall asleep-pass on a blind curve and that the odds of the bus being stopped by guerillas or theives are lessened.

That being said, I have a friend that lived in Medellin for a while and he took a bus from Caracas to Colombia with no problems.
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