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Apr 30, 2016 - Ipiales

A few more picture uploaded some breakfast and loaded up the truck for a long day of travel to the town of Ipiales where we will spend the last night in Colombia. The road winds up and down the mountains, some very narrow and rough roads, a few bathroom breaks and a stop for lunch, getting to the town of Ipiales just as it was getting dark. The streets was very crowded and the street the hotel was on was filled with venders selling everything from shoes, clothes, phones, just about everything. Got checked into hotel, then out for dinner we...

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May 9, 2014 - Popayan 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...

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Oct 19, 2012 - The Celebs arrive in Pasto

Those of you who have a fast internet connection and have read the log entry for 27th September will be familiar with today's journey. All I can say is that when our guide book describes the route from Popayan to the Ecuadorian border as the prettiest scenery in Colombia it is absolutely correct. At every turn - and there must have been several thousand, the views over the steep, cultivated mountainsides were breathtaking. We had been expecting from Stuart's route book to experience quite a lot of climbing, but were not prepared for quite...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Jun 13, 2012 - Next major city - Pasto

Took a mini bus. This was not a good trip. The bus left at 09:20 but the driver Was very dangerous. He was constantly talking on his cell phone and had his girl friend in the front seat next to him. He constantly tailgated and passed on the blind curves. Unfortunately I was sitting up front next to the girlfriend. Arrived at hostel at 16:20 hours. The room smelled very badly from sewer gas and was very cold. I complained but was not moved.

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May 18, 2010 - Pasto

To Pasto 9:45 - 3:45...then city bus to center & Koala Hotel Inn by 4:15. The road to here was spectacular for high mtn scenery. Not as much agriculture, I guess due to rocky nature of land but still quite a bit on the better steep slopes. Saw lots of oranges for sale along the road (paved all the way w/ short stretches of repairs), plus, blocks of brown sugar the size of bricks, and apples for sale. We're here only because it is close to the border which we cross tomor, not much else to see in this city.

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Jan 15, 2010 - Ipiales

This is another place that I was going to bypass on my way to Ecuador. But because my 3 hour bus journey from San Agustin to Macoa took 5 hours and my 5 hour bus journey from Macoa to Pasto took over 8 hours (for some reason in Colombia they either don´t know or are reluctant to tell you the real time of a journey) it was very late when I arrived in the border town of Ipiales. Therefore, I decided to stay the night and in the morning I visited the nearby Santuario de las Lajas church. This is a neo gothic church built between 1926 and 1944...

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Oct 10, 2009 - The rest of Colombia

10/10/2009-Sat- From Sahaguns little hotel to a high mountain pass at the Los Llanos hotel: This drive was through a lowland area that had been converted by the cattle business to a grassland. We were impressed with the green valleys and mountains as we began to climb into the Andes. The lowlands were still pretty hot and we couldn't wait to get higher. We had lunch that day high on a knife edge town overlooking steep canyons with little farms stuck on the sides somehow...We kept driving higher and higher and finally found a Motel near...

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Sep 18, 2009 - Pasto

Well, another border crossing, but this time with no problems. We had a short trip from Otavalo to Tulcan. A cab to the border, a couple stamps, and we were in Colombia. Ipiales to be exact. We got a cab to a bank machine to get some Colombian pesos (about 1900 pesos per dollar, that takes a while to get used to). It feels a bit weird taking out hundreds of thousands of something, the smallest bill is 1000 pesos. Then another fairly short ride to our first stop in Colombia, called Pasto. Pasto is a smallish city in the rolling Andean hills...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Pasto, Colombia

According to the Lonely Planet, Pasto is always cold and blustery with city streets that feel rather forlorn and neglected so it was with some trepidation that I caught a 9 hour bus south to stay for a couple of days. Upon arrival though I immediately felt completely at home and thought it was a fantastic town. Arriving in the evening the streets were lively and filled with people and activity. I headed out to get some dinner and not feeling like wandering too far went into a restaurant/bakery on the next block that, as far as I could tell,...

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Taking the Long Way

Jul 15, 2009 - Pasto, Colombia

-It took 9 hours for us to get to Pasto from Quito..we we told it would take 6 hours.. The bus ride was good... we were the only tourist on it..the other passengers were Equadorians. I emailed Leonor, Crisina´s younger sister, where we are staying for 2 days, to expect us at 6pm but we didnt´get there until 9pm. When we crossed the border on foot into Columbia, we thought we would be checked throughly, bags and body.. being Colombia one of the biggest drug capitals of the world... ...but nothing. It took two seconds to clear ..so now we are...

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South American trip

Jun 4, 2009 - Entré en Colombie

En revenant de l’Oriente nous passons encore une semaine a Quito avec notre chere famille Jauregui. Nous en profittons pour faire un traittement au zoo que nous avons dans le ventre. Et oui : depuis neuf mois nous avons eu l’occasion d’attraper plusieurs bestioles… ! Mais après avoir bien profité du confort une nouvelle fois, il nous faut quand même continuer le voyage. Nous partons donc en stop direction le nord a la frontière Colombienne. Il nous faudra 7 voitures (dont une femme et un chinois !) pour parcourir 400km. Les deux derniers...

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Sep 3, 2007 - Ipiales: Going all gothic on the border with Ecuador

Early 530am start from San Andres De Pisimbala for a long travel day towards the Ecuadorian border. We aim to stay over night at the border town of Ipiales then cross into Ecuador the following day. I'm joined by Anna, Wes and Laura as we cram onto the local bus which is packed to the brim with school kids and locals heading to the bigger towns for work. It takes us about 5 hours to get back to Popayan only stopping once for a much needed toilet break in the absolute middle of nowhere which was all covered in mountain mist and freezing so...

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