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Ipiales

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Ipiales is a city close to the Ecuadorian border in Colombia. It is a obligatory stop over on your way to Ecuador. There is nothing much to see except the spectacular Iglesia de las Lajas (See Get Out).

Get in

The bus station is a bit out of town, but there are collectivos the center.

There are frequent busses to Pasto and further north. Collectivos will bring you to Rumichaca for the bordercrossing if you go to Ecuador. The bordercrossig is quite easy and straightforward. The Colombian DAS-office is on one site of the bridge and the Ecuadorian office in on walking distance on the other side. From there are collectivos to Tulcan. Don't sell your dollars on the border, the exchange rate is bad.

Get around

See

The colourful Saturday Market at the "Plaza Los Mártires", 10 minutes walk from the town center.

Do

Buy

Eat

Drink

Wonderful Jugo bar just off the main Plaza to the north west -- try the Uvillo Completo (COP 3.000, and worth every penny) or the Alfalfa (COP 1.300).

Sleep

  • Hotel Belmonte, Carrera 4a No. 12-111, 2-773-2771, is a family run hotel with clean rooms with television. Prices : COP$11,000 for a single, COP$18,000/double.

Get out

  • Sanctuario de las Lajas, a cathedral spectacularly built on a bridge over the Guaitara river. Its construction lasted from 1916 to 1949 and was financed by local churchgoers. To get there take a collectivo (COP$1500, 15 minutes) or a taxi.
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