I support your decision on Arauca. Saddly, that area has been getting hotter and hotter again lately. Last December I crossed at that border with my family, on Easter Week, I was advised not to take that route by some friends in Colombia who have good connections with the Police Anti-Terrorist Group (although if you call and ask the actual police, they'll tell you the road is under control).... Most surely, nothing will happen, but IMO it is not worth the risk (specially in my case with the wife and kids with me). John is fear-less and has an actual genetic adversion against traveling the same road twice , so he decided to take the road and as predicted, had no troubles... But we don't want to have a sequel of Two Wheels Through Terror, so it is best to stay out of the areas that have high narco-terrorist group precence at the moment (for those reading from abroad, something like 85% of Colombian roads are totally safe to travel BTW) One good thing is that they moved the the DIAN Aduana in Cucuta right where immigration (DAS) is, on the white building at the bridge, so you don't have to go in the city anymore and I hope that they arranged a faster process on the new location. Let me know if you need waypoints for the SAIME office inside San Antonio del Tachira (which is not right at the border and WILL save you a lot time). If you want to check out a VERY scenic area in Colombia, from Cucuta take the road to Pamplona and then instead of going down the normal Bucaramanga - San Gil Road, take the following road towards the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy: Pamplonita - Malaga - Capitanejo - Guican - Cocuy - Soata - Susacon. Once in Guican, take the (easy) dirt road between towards El Cocuy (it will take you about 1 hour) becasue there is a paved road that will take you about 15 mins, but the dirt road goes inside the Sierra Nevada N.P and gets you very close to the glaciers (if you want to get closer, once you get to a posada called Cabañas Kanwara, take a rdead-end road that goes behind the lodge... the views are worth the detour) You can camp safely next to the posadas on the Guican - El Cocuy road, but be advised the area is above 4.000 meters above sea level. The whole area has great scenery (even from Pamplonita to Malaga and from Capitanejo to Guican which are not within the N.P)... As long as it's not raining that is... Suerte y buen viaje.