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South America » Colombia » Ipiales February 5th 2007

To get our Ecuadorian Visas that will allow us to stay in Ecuador for more than six months, you have to leave the country and file the paperwork in a consulate located in another country. (They prefer that we do this paperwork in the states before we come to Ecuador - The closest US consulate was in San Francisco.) The closest consulate to Quito is in Ipiales, in Southern Colombia. We had heard mixed remarks about the border crossing into Colombia, so were a little nervous. We rode a bus from Quito to Tulcan (in the very north of Ecuador) and went to the border to leave Ecuador. After standing in line for five minutes and getting a friendly exit stamp we were officially out of Ecuador and crossed ¨La Frontera¨- the no-man´s land between ... read more
Tony at the Border
View of Ecuador from ¨La Frontera¨
Ipiales Church

South America » Colombia » Ipiales October 4th 2006

First thing was a 'collectivo' - shared minibus taxi - to the border. Then getting an exit stamp from Colombia, before walking through no-man's land to the Ecuador side. Here you pay $200 if you forgot to get your exit stamp, but we were obviously fine so went off and found another collectivo for the few miles to the first Ecuadorian town. When we pulled up in front of the almost deserted bus station we saw the strange sight of a dozen people literally sprinting towards us, all trying to persuade us to travel to Quito (the capital, and given our appearance clearly our destination) with their firm for a standard $4pp. We chose the lady in the bright orange jumper as there wasn't really anything else to differentiate them by. And she also ran ... read more
The equator is somewhere near here.




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