Ipiales, Colombia 6th Dec - 8th Dec

Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
Trip End Apr 02, 2014

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Flag of Colombia  , Nariño,
Friday, December 6, 2013


This is the final border town before you head overland into Ecuador. It's a cute town with a main shopping & market area which seemed to always be busy with people. It’s also so close to xmas it was nice to see all the lights up and everyone rushing around getting their xmas shopping done, something we miss out on for 1 more year!

We stopped here for a day off to catch up on some research for where would like to go in Ecuador, get some washing done etc.


Sanctuarico de las Lajas

This is the main reason to stop in this town. It’s an amazing cathedral built from 1916 – 1949 right on a cliffside over a river. It was built there as mother mary was sighted there in 1750's so it’s a highly religious place for the locals. Many people were lighting candles and putting in them in the cliffs outside the church. There were plaques for the dead cemented into every part of the rock there was space for it.

All around the church was a series of paths so you could see it from different view points. Absolutely amazing place!

Food & Drink

  • $1.50 – 2.50 Meal deal – Chicken, rice, salad, soup, drink & fried plantain
  • Coffee & hot chocolate - $0.50
  • Brekkie Roll / Croissant - $0.50

            International McDonalds Meal: No McDonalds

            Local Beer: Poker

Strangest Thing to Happen

We bought a slice of cake each from a lady on the roadside and a homeless man chased after us down the street with a spoon so he could have a bite! Fae gave him some of hers with her own spoon as who knows where he found his spoon from! Really we should have gone back and bought him a whole slice!


Hotel Metropolitan - $10 a night for a private room w bathroom, hot water, WIFI in common areas.


                Meals: $0.50 - $2.50

                Water: $0.50 per litre

                Alcohol: $1 per can of beer

                Transport: Taxi to Church - Private $4, Shared $2

Average Daily Spend per person: $22

Transport there for both of us: $8 2 hour bus from Pasto

Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $100

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Gordon on

Great wish we had done this stay safe=Love you XXX

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