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Getting There & Away

Mocoa's bus terminal is on the banks of the Río Sangoyaco in an area badly affected by the avalanche.

There are several companies running comfortable large bus services direct to Bogotá (COP$75,000, 12 hours), mainly with night departures. Transipiales has regular buses to Cali (COP$60,000, 12 hours) via Popayán (COP$50,000, nine hours). All of these services will drop off in Pitalito where there are regular connections to San Agustín.

Regular minivans run to San Miguel and onto the Ecuadorean border (COP$35,000, six hours) from 4am to 6pm. Leave Mocoa before 1pm in order to arrive before the border closes. From Nueva Loja (Lago Agrio) on the Ecuadorean side of the border there are flights and buses to Quito. Security remains unsettled in this area so it's worth checking the latest before setting out.

Pickups and small buses run between Mocoa and Pasto (COP$35,000, six hours) from 4am to 7pm along the Trampolin del Muerte (Trampoline of Death), a frightening single-lane mountain road with sheer drops into deep ravines. It's one of the most spectacular – and most dangerous – roads on the continent. When you meet oncoming traffic you often have to navigate this treacherous track in reverse! It is considered safer to travel in a pickup than by bus and to complete the trip while it's light.