TULIPE SITE MUSEUM
Wednesday to Sunday 09h00 to 16h00
+593 2 362 9605
Nanegalito rural parish – two hours from Quito
Adults USD 3.00, children and seniors USD 1.00
Tulipe Archaeological Complex tells the story of the Yumbos, an ancient civilization that inhabited the north and northwest valleys of Quito from 800 to 1660 AD. His vestiges do not cease to impress those who get to know them.
Although disregarded by the Spanish chroniclers and subsequent historians, the site at Tulipe, as well as the 2,000 pyramids and mounds now unearthed, point to an important nation. It’s thought that it controlled this crucial trade route between the Pacific coast, the Andes and the Amazon to the east. The remains at Tulipe suggests it was the civilisation’s main ceremonial site. It is made up of eight structures, one of which one is of Incan construction, since the conquering Incas built their temple on top of the existing one. Water played a primordial role at Tulipe, with many pools reflecting its ceremonial importance.
The “Yumbo People Interpretation Centre” was inaugurated in 2007. It houses didactic information on the site and the Yumbos, and is the starting point for the future investigation of the geometric mounds, paths, cemeteries, petroglyphs and swimming pools which abound in the area.