Dangers & Annoyances

Security throughout the region remains an issue and while visitors are unlikely to have any problems, it's worth nothing that both paramilitary and dissident guerrilla groups remain active in remote areas, especially around Tumaco near the Ecuadorean border and in the northern reaches of El Chocó near Panama. Recently there has been an increase in paramilitary presence in more isolated areas around Nuquí and Bahía Solano, although a push by the Colombian military to reoccupy these areas has seen things calm down again.

When we visited, the areas covered were for the most part calm, but you may wish to check on the latest situation before planning your visit.