Ipiale is a city located in the Department of Nariño, near the border with Ecuador. The spaniards founded the city in 1585, in an area previously occupied by “The Nation of the Pastos”. Ipiale was one of the first cities that declared its independence, and its residents fought bravely in the Battle of the Tarabita de México, one of the first skirmishes of the independence campaign.Ipiales forms an urban conurbation with Tulcán, an ecuadorian city. It has very different touristic attractions, the most famous being the Las Lajas Cathedral, an impressive architectonic work located in the middle of a cliff.
Travel tips for Ipiales
The Ipiales bus station is located outside town, although there are small colectivos that will take you to the city from there for a small price.If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.
Best time to visit Ipiales
You might consider visiting Ipiales between June and August, which is the dry season.
Climate in Ipiales
Ipiales has an oceanic climate, which is relatively cold. Due to being located at 2,898 m.a.s.l. Its anual temperature is 59 °F. Summer goes from October to March and Winter from April to September. There is moderate rain all year long, which intensifies during April and November.
Things to do in Ipiales
Nightlife in Ipiales
Location: a 7-95,, Cl. 22a #71 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown A great place to enjoy drinks in company of friends.
Where to eat in Ipiales
Restaurante Casa Buch
Location: Cra. 6 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Rated as one of the best restaurants in Ipiales. It has a manu with fusion dishes, which incorporates international tendencies to traditional colombian seasoning.
Location: Cra. 7 #15-31 Hours: 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m. Price: Unknown Excellent restaurant which specializes in typical Colombia.
The tourist places to see in Ipiales are
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Location: Bridge over the Guaitara River Horario: Unknown Precio: 1500 COP (Museum Fare) Impressive Basilica built into one side of a Canyon, on top of a bridge. It is made of sedimentary stone known as Laja, has a gothic style and was built between 1916 and 1949, with its construction being financed by local devotees.
The things to do in Ipiales
Location: Near Tuquerres, 1:15 hours away from Ipiales Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Beautiful lake located in the crater of the Azufral Volcano. It is now a natural reserve, and it’s located 4070 m.a.s.l.
Typical dishes in Ipiales
Delicius dish made of roasted pork and peas accompanied with arepas and a local natilla called ilsulso.
Made of corn, rice and peas, accompanied by arepas or chocolate.
How to reach Ipiales
Ipiales by train
There is no passenger train service currently operating in Ipiales.
Ipiales by flight
Ipiales is served by the San Luis Airport, which operates mostly domestic flights, although it does handle some international flights to Ecuador as well.
Ipiales by bus
The most frecuent routes to Ipiales come from Pasto, capital of the Nariño Department just 2 hours away from Ipiales. It is also possible to reach the city via Ecuador, arriving first at the city of Tulcán, which is located right next to Ipiales
Accomodations in Ipiales
Hotel El Dorado de Ipiales
Location: Carrera 5 # 14-05, 524060 Precio: 65 000 COP Comfortable hotel that offers rooms with TV, private bathroom with cable TV, private bathroom with shower and 24 hours reception.
Hotel Las Vegas
Location: Carrera 6 # 9-59, 524061 Precio: Starting at 40 000 COP Located around 46 miles from the airport. It has rooms with private bathroom, cable TV and wi-fi.
Hotel Suiza Aparta Suite
Location: Cra 10 # 13-29, 524060 Precio: Starting at 130 000 (Departamento) COP Excellent hotel that offers apartments for rent. All lodgings have microwaves and fridge. Also offers towels and pajamas.
Location: Carrera 11 # 15-19, 111111 ] Precio: Starting at 80 000 COP Hotel Avanty offers rooms with private bathrooms and cable TV. It has a restaurant and private parking for guests.
We currently do not have information regarding luxury accomodations in Ipiales.
Important dates in Ipiales
(Several times per year)
Religious visits of the devotees to the Las Lajas Cathedral which intensify during the Holy Week, mid september and at the end of December. Besides the visits, there are festivities and processions in the city.