Ipiales Travel Guide

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Ipiales is situated high in the mountain (~9500 ft) near the Colombian-Ecuadorian border. This is a must stop for those who want to cross the land border and take long distance buses to rest of Colombia. The actual border is at Rumichaca which is few kms away and can be accessed by taxi or collectivos. There isn’t really anything to see in the town, Ipiales, but a short distance away there is a gorgeous church named Santuario de las Lajas which is definitely worth a visit.

It takes about 2000 COP/pp in a collectivo from the Ipiales bus terminal to the church. Las Lajas was built on a bridge over Guitara river and was financed by local people. There is a museum inside the church which charges 3000 COP entrance fee. It showcases ancient artifacts, clothing, and many post colonial religious documents. There are lots of souvenir shops and food stalls along the trail. People can also take gondola rides from a nearby town to get an aerial view of Las Lajas.