...a lot of worries about nothing
24.01.2015 - 27.01.2015
So we had read a lot about the border crossing into Columbia and reading some blogs you can really get the impression of going into the most dangerous part of Southamerica. Despite all doubts and with aslight hangover from La Ronda the night before we headed up on the bus to Tulcan early in the morning. The rather long ride was a little fade but ok as Rob entertained me with some boring jokes and we had enough snacks with us too. When we got to Tulcan we quickly hopped on a taxi telling the driver to go to “Immigration” which he luckily understood and dropped us off at the frontiers offices. It all went unbelievable smooth and easy…no queues or waiting around (and that on a Saturday) and in no time we found ourselfes in a minibus to Ipiales, the town just behind the border…having a few random bags and some Ecuadorian children on our laps. At the bus terminal in Ipiales we found out there s no more busses on the same day to Popayan as actually travelling over night on that route seemed to be dangerous (not cause of the so feared Guerrillas but more of local robbery). So we chose the next cheap hotel close to the station as a stopover for the night. It turned out to be a dump…but a cheap one with at least a shower. Ipiales wasn t the place to be out at night so we only grabbed a bite to eat and then headed to bed. It s rather difficult to sleep though when the bed has got a 45 degree angle and rob is lying on the bottom side though. Not really feeling fresh we jumped on the morning bus to Popayan at 7am, which went rather smooth. Wefound a rather nice hostel and had a little walk around in the historic centre. Popayan is a nice little town and really worth a stopover…also it serves the most cheesiest pizza we ve possibly ever had!