How to cross the border with Colombia from Ecuador

We handed by Otavalo practically fleetingly, we would have favored to stop for a bit throughout the small shut by cities, nonetheless my nerves might get me once more, and stepping once more into the nation the place I was born was so shut that I didn’t have to miss it. I am attacked.

The bus of Quito to Otavalo it worth us decrease than 5 {{dollars}} for every and there, after loads wanting we found a small hostel the place we slept in a room for 14 {{dollars}} every. It was precisely there that we had the pleasure of meeting Enrique, an 80-year-old ex-biologist who spoke Spanish and German (amongst many others) and who had traveled the world in assorted strategies. Enrique invited us to lunch and we visited his favorite restaurant in town, a modest residence the place they prepared lunches via the week and the place all people already knew him.

 

We talked a few thousand points with Enrique, the dialog was curious, as soon as we spoke between the three of us we did it in English, when he spoke to Jesper he did it in good German and as soon as extra with me he recovered his Ecuadorian accent. Maybe we didn’t have time to get to know the setting nonetheless fortunately he was ready to make clear each one among many corners with out omitting particulars. Enrique, at his superior age, had decided to return to his homeland, which had already been a really very long time capturing. How curious, Enrique wanted to be our remaining meeting sooner than reaching the border.

 

From the Otavalo bus station we took a bus by 2,5 {{dollars}} each path Tulcan, there usually are not any direct buses that cross the border. As quickly as in Tulcán it is a should to do the border crossing on foot and on the Colombian side take a bus by 1500 pesos each which may take us to Ipiales.

When you’ve got time to kill in Tulcán it is attention-grabbing to pay a go to to the cemetery, they’ve it pristine with collectible collectible figurines of each sort throughout the bushes. It is a most curious place to see. We took a fantastic stroll throughout the place, utterly calm.

The border crossing was not very utterly completely different from the rest. I took my rusty Colombian passport out of the suitcase and launched myself as a citizen at border administration. It was evening time and fortuitously we had a contact prepared for us on the alternative side of metropolis. As rapidly as we arrived we made a reputation and William acquired right here to decide on us up on the bus station with a smile on his face, we went to eat broaster hen with chili and honey! and that evening time we rested like kids.

How prolonged had it been given that remaining time I had not set foot inside these borders? What variety of reunions, what variety of recollections?

Each factor was an uncertainty to know what would happen via the the remainder of the journey. Jesper was practically further curious than me when he requested himself what he painted in a situation like this and I suppose that even when he not at all talked about it, he gave it further significance than it truly had for me.

 

With William we met Ipiales, we visited the Las Lajas SanctuaryWe went spherical Tulcán as soon as extra and its cemetery of pine figures sculpted with scissors (many, numerous them!) and we rested one more evening time sooner than persevering with with our climb.

13 years is not that many, I instructed myself that evening time as I tried to sleep, nonetheless the reality is that it is half my life.

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