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).
The bus station is a bit out of town, but there are collectivos to the centre.
There are frequent buses to Pasto and further north. Collectivos will bring you to Rumichaca for the border if you go to Ecuador. The border crossing is quite easy and straightforward. The Colombian DAS-office is on one site of the bridge and the Ecuadorian office is at walking distance on the other side. From here there are collectivos to Tulcan. Don't sell your dollars on the border, the exchange rate is bad.
Cars from Ipiales to the border leave from the bus terminal and cost $1500COP. They leave you at the Colombian immigration control. After the formalities in both police controls, a minivan in the Ecuadorian side will take you to Tulcán for $0.75c (Colombian pesos also accepted, $2.000COP as of Sept 2015). You can choose to get off at the city center or at the bus terminal.
The colourful Saturday Market at the "Plaza Los Mártires", 10 minutes walk from the town center.
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). The "Completos" are made with home made honey, and the owners are friendly.