Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

En route to Ipiales, Colombia

En route to Ipiales, Colombia

En route to Ipiales, Colombia

En route to Ipiales, Colombia

En route to Ipiales, Colombia


Friday 9th May 2014

San Agustin to Ipiales, Colombia

Up at 4:00am today, breakfast at 4:30am and we left at 5:00am on the chiva bus that has driven us around for the past couple of days. It rained in the night and was just raining lightly when we left - and it was still dark - so the vinyl blinds were down inside the back of the bus. Lynn was lucky enough to sit in the front seat. She had a bird's eye view of the road and the view (and the drops). We travelled along very steep and slippery mountain roads sometimes with sheer drops off to the river below and as it had been wet the road was very muddy in spots. At one point a truck coming the other way had broken down and was blocking the road but fortunately it was able to move again before we had too long a delay. We reached the town where our truck had been parked and transferred all of our bags from the bus to the truck. It had taken us two hours and twenty minutes to travel the 20km from the hotel to the truck, because of a landslide and a blockade that made us use the secondary which was little better than a track. Anyway, we finally set off back towards Popayan where we had been two days ago.When we reached there we turned south towards our last destination in Colombia, Ipiales, near the border with Ecuador. Today was an extremely long driving day. There was a lot of traffic, mainly slow trucks, roadworks and steep and very scenic mountain roads. This road is absolutely amazing. It follows the contours of the hills up and down and around, through a number of tunnels on the way. It was 9:30pm by the time we reached Ipiales and you can imagine we were all totally 'stuffed'. We carried our luggage a couple of blocks to the hotel and checked in. We then went out and had a pizza just 50m from the hotel with some of the other group members then returned to the hotel only to discover that our driver and leader had been held up at gunpoint in the truck whilst they were parking it and had a number of items stolen from them. Izabela, our leader, was quite shaken up by this. (Apparently they had taken the truck to a Truck Park which was closed. A man told them he would show them where another Truck Park was and drove in the cab with them - when they reached the next Park, another man got in and between them they held up our crew). To bed around 11:30pm.



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