From Macoa, Colombia you go by bus. Go to the bus station during the day to buy a ticket. Many people will say there is not bus but just keep at it. Do not go to the bus station at night as the locals say it is too dangerous. I tried and local men stopped me.
The bus left promptly at 8. I dined on empanadas and Nescafe. We were a few hours in the minivan/bus driving decent jungle roads. We came to a village and I asked if it was the frontera. The driver gestured and said “directo”. OK, so I know it’s that way. A man in a covered pick up gestured for me to get in. I asked how much “cuanto sale”? but he waived his hand. I guess its part of the ride. We rallied down the dirt road. If you make it here, hold on tight or you will bash your head one time like I did and this lesson was not enjoyable. After 30 minutes I was put on a motorcycle with my pack. This was pretty fun. We sped towards the shady border where the aduana did not smile.
Crossing the Colombia/Ecuador border at San Miguel/Lago Agrio is pretty easy but immigration on the Ecuador side is only open from 8am-12pm and 3pm-6pm M-F and 10am-12pm on Sat/Sun. Prepare to stand in line for a while. Ecuador immigration is 15 miles from the border but there are plenty of buses, collectivos, and taxis to run you over (cuidadoooo!). I had no tourist prices offered either, everyone was straight forward. I have read that this crossing is dangerous but no one indicated anything like that to me. I admit Lago Agrio is a shady border town but the locals don’t seem concerned with guerillas and traffickers as some travel guides warn. My hotel is across the street from the police station and other than me this hotel has only police in it at the moment. I did not plan it that way. Why do cops still make me nervous even when I have done nothing wrong in years?
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