Time to discover Tulipe: Ancient Sun Culture of Ecuador, a unique ancestral culture situated at Latitud 0 in a lush subtropical forest near the city of Quito in Ecuador.
The origin of this civilization dates according to most researchers to the years 800 to 1660, when Yumbos lived in this area. They were traders or merchants, making the location for their culture something crucial, as it gave them control over the trade route between the Pacific Coast.
For many centuries the sun has played an important role for cultures located near the equator, another of the factors that determine the location of the culture as well as the findings in the archeological site.
How to get there
If you are visiting Quito, this would be your best point of departure. Here you can find some great options of places to stay in Quito. From Quito you can find a bus that could stop near Tulipe, but it is better to get there by car.
Once you arrive to Tulipe, located just 70 km. away from Quito, you will find this very interesting open-air museum. It is composed of an archeological site, with exhibits, as well as a museum showing that yumbos were not only wise merchants, but also astronomers.
The best way to explore the site is together with a native guide that will take you along the site, featuring an interesting set of eight structures with a wide range of pools. They were supposed to serve as part of the ceremonial rituals, using the element water as the main one due to the symbolism and associations it has with purification.
Here are some shots:
In addition you can find areas for housing and for agriculture around the site.
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This is a place that you should visit while you are in Quito. Have you been there? What did you like the most?
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If you want more in-depth information and also a guide that you can bring along during your trip, I recommend the travel guide Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands. This is a great source of information and tips, maps and all you need if you plan on visiting Ecuador. Having a hard copy version is also perfect to take notes.
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