I'm an experienced traveler. Constantly aware of my surroundings. I've studied my maps. I have gps, and good jeep, shovel, etc. Do I really need a guide? Further, I've read there was some issue with bandits on the Caracol road some time ago. Are there still armed convoys leaving Douglas Da Silva at 9am? Are bandits still a threat? Obviously there is crime (ie: theft at Rio on Pools in the parking lot). Please give me the straight info??