"Tulipe and Pacto" Tulipe by MalenaN

Tulipe Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 114 photos

Tulipe is a small village 70km northeast of Quito. It has around 300 inhabitants who mostly work with agriculture. I came here to visit Museo de Sitio Tulipe, an interpretation centre and archaeological site of the Yumbo people.

Tulipe was the ceremonial centre of the Yumbo culture. The Yumbos lived in this area between 800 and 1660. They were occupied with agriculture and commerce, and they controlled the important trade routes from the Andes to the Pacific coast and the Amazonas.

The Yumbo civilization got very weakened by epidemics brought by the Europeans and local wars. And eruptions of Volcán Pichincha also destroyed the land of the Yumbo people. After an eruption of Volcán Pichincha in 1660 Tulipe got covered with a 20-25cm thick layer of ash. It is not known what happened to the Yumbo people after this but some people think they migrated to the Amazonas region.

  • Last visit to Tulipe: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Dec 20, 2012
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    an interesting page & place, that reminds me that Ecuador is still missing on my map !

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Thank you Michael for visiting my page! Tulipe was an interesting place to visit, and I was glad there were no other foreign tourists there.

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Thank you for introduction! Nice photo you take! I find more online too!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Pleased you found the petroglyphs!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      I was happy to find them and it felt very off the beaten path.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Greetings from rainy Madrid!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Good morning Santi! Here it is a bit hazy and still only -3C.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I have never heard of the Yumbo culture before. It sounds interesting to visit the interpretation center and archaeological site of the Yumbo people.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Thank you for visiting Don! It was interesting, and I hadn't heard of the Yumbos before I visited Ecuador either.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Glad you've finally found the Yumbo petroglyphs. The museum and archaeological site must have been interesting as well as the Yumbo civilization itself.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Thanks for enlightening me on petroglyphs, I had not heard that word before. An excellent page, too bad about the noise in the hotel and the man giving you the flu on the bus.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Thank you Regina for visiting! Tulipe was a very interesting place to visit and so was the petroglyphs.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    I'm taking a break from writing my own Ecuador pages to read more of your excellent writings about that country - especially the places like this that we weren't able to get to. I like to read all the details in your tips, and enjoyed what you wrote about the museum in particular, and your photos of the plants and the waterfall. A shame your room was too noisy as otherwise it looks very nice, and the hammock too!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Thank you Sarah for the nice comment! Tulipe was a very nice place to visit and it is a pity it is not mentioned in the guidebooks (at least not in Lonely Planet and the Moon Travel Guide).

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Malena, lovely little page with brilliant photos here. Your accommodation really seems to be a good find.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      Thank you Holger! It was good, except the noise during the night.

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