In recent years, the conflict in Colombia has affected Lago Agrio and armed units are believed to have infiltrated the region (the border is just 21 km away). Although this has so far had little impact on tourists, shootings have occurred in the town and there have been armed robberies and kidnappings in the border areas, including the rare incident of two foreign tourists being kidnapped while on a tour in Cuyabeno (see p.000) in 2012 – though they were released unharmed almost immediately. You should make enquiries with the authorities before travelling here and check postings on your embassy websites. Once in Lago Agrio, do not stray from the central area. If you’re heading to Colombia, it is extremely unadvisable to cross here and far safer to cross at Tulcán in the northern sierra (see chapter 2, p.000), but if you do decide to take the risk, make sure you do the whole journey in daylight.