Blogs from Ipiales, Colombia, South America


South America » Colombia » Ipiales October 20th 2022

(Day 112 on the road) The area south of Medellin is coffee country. My flight from Cartagena put me right in the thick of it, in the city of Pereira. And thus I spent the next few weeks exploring the region, starting with some beautiful hot springs near the village of Santa Rosa de Cabal, before moving on to the hot springs near Manizales. Now, Manizales is one of those second-rate Colombia’s cities which most people have probably never heard of. But they are one of Colombia’s cities I have seen that have incorporated cable cars into their public transport system. It is ingenious really: As Manizales lies in pretty hilly terrain, the bus terminal is located not near the city center, but at the bottom of a hill, right next to a cable car station. ... read more
Getting a shoe shine in Manizales
Willy jeep

South America » Colombia » Ipiales December 14th 2019

Der Plan war gut gewesen. Doch unser Bus wollten nicht mitmachen. Noch Nachts während wir schliefen hatten wir das Gefühl, der Bus sei irgendwo mal eine Weile stehen geblieben. Morgens blieb er dann auf jeden Fall wieder stehen - als ich aufwachte, standen wir im Stau. Die Straße war anscheinend wegen Murenabgängen gesperrt und alle warteten auf die Räumung. So liefen viele Leute neben und auf der Straße rum, vertraten sich die Beine. Ein Restaurant an der Straße machte das Geschäft seines Lebens, als gegen Mittag immer noch alles stand. Gegen 1, 2 fuhren wir schließlich endlich weiter. Anscheinend hatten wir außerdem die Entfernung bereits leicht unterschätzt, sodass wir am Ende erst gegen 9 in Ipiales ankamen - mit Quito würde es heute abens offensichtlich nichts mehr werden. Wir suchten eine Unterkunft und fanden ein nicht ... read more

South America » Colombia » Ipiales August 5th 2018

Driving in Colombia has kept Ken on his toes more than he could ever have expected, or wished for! There is barely a flat or straight stretch of road in the entire country, so you inevitably end up stuck behind one slow truck/bus after another as you crawl up or down one huge mountain after another. Throw in never-ending roadworks, landslides, police checkpoints, local parades, suicidal stray dogs and crazy motorcylists, and you get an idea of why it can take up to 8 hours to drive 100 miles! There's never a dull moment, that's for certain. On the plus side, the scenery has been stunning without exception and reminds us often of the more spectacular parts of New Zealand's North Island. So we left Medellin after a week at the Al Bosque hostel, where we ... read more
If this is a motel room, I wouldn't want to see what a jail cell looks like!
La Serrana campground, Salento
Zona Cafetera near Salento

South America » Colombia » Ipiales December 12th 2017

This was a short half day stop. I met an European, who is in Colombia for an extended stay. We took a taxi to Las Lajas Sanctuary and split the bill. The Sanctuary was magnificent. I was in awed of this great wonder created by humans.... read more

South America » Colombia » Ipiales May 30th 2016

Okay so Ecuador wasn’t on the initial plan, just like Colombia. Ecuador was in fact added when calculating the best way to travel to Peru. We looked up flights from Colombia to Peru and they all came up to a figure of around $300US each. Bearing these figures in mind, why on earth would we take a flight straight to Peru when we could spend nearly 2 weeks exploring Ecuador beforehand for the same price of flying over it? For us it was a no brainer. For some, I think a barrier to crossing the border between Colombia and Ecuador (apart from not having ‘time’, or a lack of interest in Ecuador altogether) is the consideration of safety. We read that the road leading up to Ecuador all the way from Popayan was known for robberies. ... read more
Gothic Revival in style
The detail up close
Inside the Guáitara River canyon

South America » Colombia » Ipiales September 27th 2014

We caught a local bus from Quito to the border town which took an hour longer than expected. I think this was due to the route the bus took leaving Quito. I was using the gps on google maps to follow our progress and at one point I was a little worried we were on the wrong bus as we were heading in completely the opposite direction to the border. I'm not sure if this was the normal route or if the driver was just hoping they could pick up some more passengers to fill up the bus. Once we arrived at the bus station we took a taxi to the Colombian border. It was late in the day and was pretty quiet so we got through quickly before taking a shared taxi to the bus ... read more

South America » Colombia » Ipiales July 18th 2014

Our Arrival We arrived in Ipiales from Pasto at 11:20am. The bus terminal is right next to some hotels where we decided to stay. The town centre is within walking distance of the terminal however if coming with your backpack you might not want to walk into town as it is up a very steep hill. Where We Stayed Hotel India Catalina - opposite the bus station. COP$20,000 for a spacious double room with private bathroom with really hot water, TV and internet. The shower was the nicest I have had in a long time and the matress was really soft although the bed was on the small side. What We Did Visisted Las Lajas - a pretty church on the side of a gorge where a miracle took place. You can see the painting that ... read more
The miracle
Las Lajas church
Ipiales Town

South America » Colombia » Ipiales December 16th 2012

Monday 3/12/12 – We were keen to get our first glimpse of Cartagena (and our first sight of South America) from the boat this morning, unfortunately all I can say is it looked almost exactly like Surfers Paradise in Australia with a thin strip of beach and huge towering high-rise hotels. But still being excited to be in South America, we scoffed down our breakfast with the rest of the crew and passengers, got a quick group photo, and then got ferried off the Independence and across to the dock with our bags. We then organised a taxi to take us to the immigration office in the city. We relaxed there hoping that someone would turn up with our passports. Eventually Majo must have pried herself away from el capitan and turned up with our stamped ... read more
Our route through Colombia
The passengers of the Independence
The Independence finally in the port of Cartagena

South America » Colombia » Ipiales July 5th 2012

Geo: 0.82981, -77.6298Wir sind früh wach und freuen uns schon auf das Frühstück, welches wir dann auch ausgiebig genießen. Bevor wir dann später aufbrechen wollen, geht es noch unter die Dusche. Ich bin gerade fertig und habe angefangen zu packen, als es an der Tür klopft und eine schnaufende Angestellte mir erzählt, dass die Busgesellschaft angerufen habe, sie würden auf uns warten... Ich verstehe das mal so gar nicht, sollten wir doch um 12 da sein, doch dann erklärt die gute Frau, dass am frühen Morgen schon einmal angerufen worden sei, allerdings eine Nachricht für Karina hinterlassen wurde, womit das Hotel dann nichts anfangen konnte, da ich als Anja Obersteller eingecheckt hatte...Ich zerre Netti also unter der Dusche hervor, wir packen im Eilverfahren unsere 7 Sachen und reiten im Schweinsgalopp vom Hof. Bis 10:00 Uhr w&uu ... read more

South America » Colombia » Ipiales May 21st 2012

"Killing the innocent with indifference" Amensty international is an global movement that promotes awarness of human rights, they provide real life examples and even provides a place to get involved if a person belives. This article outlined how a maybe innocent man was excuted. Columibia University is re opening this case to provethe man's innocence. Carlos Deluna was accused for the murder of a gas station attendent in 1989. he was given the penalty after it was reinstated in 1976. University of Coumbia researches are trying to prove that he is infact onnocent and did nit murder the gas station attendent.... read more

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