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Tulcan to Ibarra

June 2, 2012

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After crossing the border from Colombia the first town that you arrive in is Tulcan which has little to recommend it. However it does have a famous graveyard which is filled with Topiary. Not normally the kind of people who get excited about Topiary we nevertheless decided to check it out.

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After managing to park right outside we spent a pleasant half hour walking around and marvelling at the elaborate shapes that the bushes had been cut into.

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After leaving Tulcan we headed South on the Pan-American which drops through a hot valley before climbing again as you approach the town of Ibarra – known as the white town (I think we’ve heard that before !).

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We stayed the night at a petrol station just outside the city and then in the morning drove right into the town and parked 200m from the central square. This allowed us to wander round the town and see the sights. The town is nice but the centre doesn’t take more than a couple of hours to slowly walk round.

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From here we continued to drive South and made our way into the hills above Otavalo and the Laguna Cuicocha.

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