Trampoline of Death
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2013 2:31 AM Last Post By: guillermito
Jan 20, 2013 11:15 AM
Trampoline of DeathMy travel plans were to visit St. Augustin and go to Ecuador afterwards. However, after reading about the dangerous road from Macoa to Pasto (The Trampoline of Death). I'm considering skipping St. Augustin and going straight through Popayan to Pasto. I would love some insight on what is the safest way to travel this road. I don't want to put my life in the hands of a commerical bus driver. Is there other options to traveling this road.
Is is possible to rent a car or motercyle?
Are there other types of transportation I can take other than buses? Like hiring a pickup truck driver or something else?
Looking forward to your responses.. tks!
Jan 20, 2013 3:12 PM
Jan 21, 2013 10:29 AM
2IMPORTANT!!! I WOULD ABSOLUTELY ADVISE AGAINST THIS TRIP DUE TO RECENT ARMED CONFLICT!!!!!
The ceasefire with the FARC rebel groups ended this week and they want to make their presence known. If I were you I would see San Augustin, travel back to Popayan, and then take the main highway down to Ecuador through Pasto. Ipiales has an absolute must see church anyways.
YESTERDAY THERE WERE THREE ACTS OF TERRORISM ON THIS HIGHWAY AND ANOTHER JUST NORTHEAST OF THE HIGHWAY! Don't become part of the annual casualty count that is ridiculously high in Colombia. Here is an article with a nice little map showing where you can go to get killed on your little journey:
Jan 21, 2013 11:07 AM
I travelled from San Agustin to Pasto via Pitalito and Mocoa last May as you can see in the first paragraph here:
We did this in 3 legs, all of them in "colectivo" shared taxis. It was an amazing but long trip.
HOWEVER...as poster #2 says, this part of Colombia can be very dangerous. With the FARC ending their ceasefire today it would be unwise to travel through this area for the time being. Very sensible advice re. backtracking via Popayán, which is in and of itself extremely attractive.
Best of luck on your journey, In San Agustin I highly recommend "La Casa de François" hostel run by a lovely Frenchman. Superb horseriding opportunities exist:
but the whole surrounding area may be highly volatile. This might be something to do on a future trip.
Have fun and stay safe!
Jan 23, 2013 12:55 PM
4Wherever, however you choose to travel remember that you'll still be sharing the roads with the crazy commercial bus drivers. It's a roll of the dice no matter what.
What i do suggest is asking an impartial person (police, security, ticket checker, food vender) at the bus station which bus line they would recommend for the route you're taking. They'll typically have a good info to share.
Mar 31, 2013 2:26 AM
Mar 31, 2013 2:31 AM
(0 star Hotel)
From US$17.17 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$12.02 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$11.44 per night