Tulcan Tourist Places to Visit in Tulcan, Ecuador, America

Tulcan Tourist Places to Visit in Tulcan, Ecuador, America

Tulcan is the capital city of Carchi province in Ecuador covering an area of 344.5 sq. km. located about 220 km northeast of Quito, the capital of Ecuador and 650 km northeast of the largest city of Ecuador, Guayaquil.

Tulcan is situated around 7 km from the Colombian- Ecuadorian border and these two countries are connected by the Rumichaca International Bridge. Tulcan is surrounded by Ipiales in Colombia in the north, Huaca Canton in the south, Esmeraldas towards the west and Sucumbios province in the east.


Geography of Tulcan:

Tulcan is geographically situated between latitude 0°48′42″ in the north and longitude 77°43′7″ in the west. Tulcan is located at an elevation of 2,950 meters (which is highest in Ecuador).


How to reach Tulcan?

Tulcan is served by Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport with connection to the national capital, Quito, operated by TAME. Tourists can use airport taxi or pre booked car to reach their hotels from airport.

Tulcan is well connected with neighboring cities through Panamerican Highway by both luxury and general bus services. There are regular buses running between Tulcan and Quito.

Tulcan also has a good local bus system and taxi, car and bikes are additional options for local travel. Advance booking is offered.


Food and Shopping in Tulcan:

Tulcan is home to all the kinds of shops and food corners. Located around 125 km from Tulcan, Otavalo Indigenous Market is the very popular traditional market in Ecuador offering a wide range clothes, hats, traditional handicrafts, wood carvings and paintings at reasonable prices.

The prominent food corners in Tulcan and Imbabura (100 km) are as follows:

  • Trebol Cotacachi Bar & Grill
  • The Red Pub
  • La Mirage Garden Hotel Restarant
  • Cafe Pachamama


What to do in Tulcan?

  • Walking
  • Shopping
  • Hot springs


What to see in Tulcan?

Topiary garden cemetery:

The topiary garden cemetery of Tulcan is considered as the broadest topiary in the New World. This 3 acre topiary garden cemetery was established in 1936 by José Maria Azael Francosince with Cupressus sempervirens.

Tulcan hot springs:

Tulcan is home to many prominent hot springs visited by tourists from all around the country and also from bordering Colombian regions. Tulcan is also famous for its deep wells.


Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport:

Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport is a well constructed airport situated few kilometers away from the city centre at 00°48′34″ N 077°42′29″ W. Its runway length is 2,460 meters. The Surrounding environment is nice.


Other places of interest in and around Tulcan include:

  • Imbabura Volcano
  • Lago Yahuarcocha
  • Condor Park
  • Peguche Waterfall
  • Parque Acuatico – Araque
  • Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
  • Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
  • Rio Peguche
  • Centro de Rescate Guayabillas
  • Escuela Quitena


When to visit Tulcan?

The best time to visit Tulcan is during the beginning months of the year while the weather remains pleasant.


Accommodation options in Tulcan:

Tulcan hosts less modernized accommodation centres, due to this, visitors can reach the hotels of Imbabura for more comfort. Here is the list of the best hotels in Tulcan and Imbabura (100 km):

  • Hotel Saenz
  • Grand Hotel Comfort
  • Hacienda- Hosteria Chorlavi
  • Hacienda Pinsaqui
  • Rancho Sant Fe
  • Hosteria San Luis
  • Hotel Plaza Victoria
  • Hotel Riviera-Sucre
  • Hotel Palacio Imperial
  • La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
  • La Posada del Quinde
  • San Andres Lodge & Spa
  • Hotel El Indio Inn
  • Hotel La Giralda
  • Imperio del Sol Hotel
  • Hosteria Hacienda San Francisco
  • Hosteria Pueblo Viejo

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