When its time to move on to a new country, the one thing you dread second to immigration queues is border towns. They’re depressing places, usually full of unsavoury types who would love to get their hands on some gringo money – often in the form of a money exchangers.
Actually, for the first time we came upon a new trick. - a calculator that’s wired to make the wrong sums. Yes, the ‘kind’ man lends you his calculator, you divide one number by a given exchange rate, and hey presto you’re down ten dollars. Unless you’re on the ball, it’s easy to fall for and not so much a rip off that you immediately notice. Never mind.
Where was I? Oh yeah, border towns. Well, if you find yourself heading to Ecuador from Colombia then brighten up the experience by visiting a spectacular church just outside of Ipiales. It’s the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Las Lajas and it’s well worth it a look. You only really need an hour to get a collectivo (white taxis) there, take it all in and a few snaps, and then head back to the business of crossing the border.
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