Despite the Colombian border being only 21km north of Lago Agrio, the Oriente is not a safe place from which to enter Colombia. The US-led “Plan Colombia” has encouraged the displacement of Colombian guerrilla and paramilitary units – who are making their presence felt – into Ecuadorian territory. You should avoid all border areas in Sucumbíos; if you’re heading to Colombia, cross at Tulcán in the northern sierra.

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