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Tulcan, Ecuador - Have Been Here A Few Times For Border Crossings

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2010 July 2011 July 2012   » View Photoset (21 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I arrived in Tulcan in the late afternoon from Ibarra where I had spent part of that day. I found a cheap hotel across the road from
Ecuador Photo - Goodbye Tulcan, heading to the border of Colombia.
Goodbye Tulcan, heading to the border of Colombia.
the bus terminal for about $8USD. I noticed pretty early that the tv plug in the wall had exposed wires and I should be really careful when plugging my camara charger in right beside it. I needed a shower after such a long day and after I ventured out as it became dark to find some food, I settled on some freshly spit roasted chicken. It came with rice, a potato, salad and chicken foot soup. I went back to the hotel to sleep for the night. I wanted to have a quick look around Tulcan in the morning before going to the border of Colombia.
Ecuador Photo - Man with club monument in Tulcan.
Man with club monument in Tulcan.

Quick Tour of Tulcan

Early in the morning I caught a bus 4 or 5kms back out of Tulcan, hopped off and then proceded to walk back into town while taking a few photos of some of the things I had seen when I arrived on the bus the evening before. Some of the monuments and things that I like. The first thing I found was this round and colored thing that had pictures on 5 different colored faces and has a tower thing in the middle. On the left side of the road as I walked is a church. To the side is a monument of a funny little man with a hat and mustache holding a gun up in the air. The church has large stained glass windows on the sides and a smaller round one at the front along with a big arched
Ecuador Photo - Breakfast of meat, potatoes, rice and eggs with coffee in Tulcan.
Breakfast of meat, potatoes, rice and eggs with coffee in Tulcan.
doorway. A horse and cart went by. I stopped for a drink then came to a huge picture of a military scene outside the army headquarters. I wandered in. I wanted to take some photos of a statue that I saw inside. I did but then an army guy told me I wasn't allowed in there and I left. Outside is a huge bronze warman figure with a club, underneath it says Dignos Herederos del Indomable y Rebelde Espiritu Guerrero Pasto which roughly translates to Untamed and Worthy Heirs of Rebel Spirit. I walked on for a while and when I got very close into the center I came to a big traffic roundabout that has 3 male figures spaced out around the perimeter. One is of a man in red shirt
Ecuador Photo - The road out of Tulcan to Colombia.
The road out of Tulcan to Colombia.
and yellow boots holding a big plow tool, another is a man dressed in blue and green with a spade and cement and the other is man with an orange wheelbarrow. I passed another church and came to another smaller roundabout with monument in the center very close to the bus terminal of a man and woman holding up a torch. It is to pay homage to the people, men and women of Tulcan who faught for democracy on the 26th of May 1971.

Quick Feed Before Leaving

Just a short distance away near my hotel I sat down at a restaurant and had breakfast which was the standard meal you get in Ecuador at any time of day - meat, rice, potato, salad with a fried egg on top along with a bread roll, coffee and juice. It was a good filling meal before I collected my backpack and things from my room and took the short 6km ride to the Colombian border of Rumichaca and up to Ipiales. The border controls for both Ecuador and then Colombia are very straight forward and Ipiales is only 3kms away. Continue reading about crossing the border to Ipiales.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Tulcan (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Tulcan, Ecuador. I have been in Tulcan several times to cross the border to or from Colombia, it's an unremarkable place in itself. There's a bunch of cheap hotels in town to sleep the night!
 A : Ipiales from the Colombian Border - Colombia 9 kms 9 kms straight distance | 25mins 25mins by car (15 kms) | 30mins 30mins by bus (15 kms) (15 kms)
 B : Pasto - Colombia 64 kms 64 kms straight distance | 2hrs 18mins 2hrs 18mins by car (100 kms) | 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 45mins by bus (100 kms) (100 kms)
 C : Quito to Tulcan - Ecuador 69 kms 69 kms straight distance | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by car (139 kms) | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by bus (139 kms) (139 kms)
 D : Otavalo - Ecuador 88 kms 88 kms straight distance | 2hrs 53mins 2hrs 53mins by car (158 kms) | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by bus (158 kms) (158 kms)
 E : Cayambe - Ecuador 98 kms 98 kms straight distance | 3hrs 26mins 3hrs 26mins by car (191 kms) | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by bus (191 kms) (191 kms)
 F : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 3hrs 59mins 3hrs 59mins by car (220 kms) | 4hrs 46mins 4hrs 46mins by bus (220 kms) (220 kms)
 G : Pasto to Popayan - Colombia 132 kms 132 kms straight distance | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by car (222 kms) | 4hrs 52mins 4hrs 52mins by bus (222 kms) (222 kms)
 H : Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador 121 kms 121 kms straight distance | 4hrs 38mins 4hrs 38mins by car (248 kms) | 5hrs 33mins 5hrs 33mins by bus (248 kms) (248 kms)
 I : Quito - Ecuador 128 kms 128 kms straight distance | 4hrs 36mins 4hrs 36mins by car (260 kms) | 5hrs 31mins 5hrs 31mins by bus (260 kms) (260 kms)
 J : Machachi - Ecuador 175 kms 175 kms straight distance | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by car (300 kms) | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by bus (300 kms) (300 kms)
 K : Mindo - Ecuador 150 kms 150 kms straight distance | 5hrs 56mins 5hrs 56mins by car (319 kms) | 7hrs 7mins 7hrs 7mins by bus (319 kms) (319 kms)
 L : Saquisili - Ecuador 212 kms 212 kms straight distance | 5hrs 57mins 5hrs 57mins by car (346 kms) | 7hrs 8mins 7hrs 8mins by bus (346 kms) (346 kms)
 M : Latacunga - Ecuador 217 kms 217 kms straight distance | 5hrs 50mins 5hrs 50mins by car (349 kms) | 7hrs 7hrs by bus (349 kms) (349 kms)
 N : Tena - Ecuador 201 kms 201 kms straight distance | 6hrs 57mins 6hrs 57mins by car (408 kms) | 8hrs 20mins 8hrs 20mins by bus (408 kms) (408 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Tulcan, Ecuador:

Hotel Eva, Tulcan, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Eva, Tulcan, Ecuador (July 2012 - 1 night) - Small basic room with bathroom and tv at a good price. Located up behind the bus terminal and cheaper than the others. Recommended.
Hotel Las Acacias, Tulcan, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel Las Acacias, Tulcan, Ecuador (May 2010 - 1 night, July 2011 - 1 night) - A small room with bathroom for $8USD, it had a tv but the plug into the wall was dangerous with wires exposed. It's right across the road from the bus terminal and next to a bunch of restaurants, fine for a one night stopover.

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