As a busy border town, Ipiales offers decent accommodations for all budgets, however there are few good reasons to spend the night here; Pasto is a far nicer city, and is not much further along the Panamericana.


For some typical grub head to Barrio El Charco, where there are almost a dozen places selling barbecued cuy – the guinea pigs are flattened out and cooked over an open fire on a mechanical spit that resembles a macabre rodent Ferris wheel.

Drinking & Nightlife

There are some bars in the center of Ipiales, but none of them are really worth leaving your hotel for.