Cerro El Morro de Tulcán


Behind the Universitario de Tulcán, this hill is topped with an equestrian statue of the city's founder, Sebastián de Belalcázar, and is said to be the site of a pre-Columbian pyramid. It offers panoramic views over the city center's tiled rooftops and it's a popular place to sit and watch the sunset. It's best to leave your valuables behind, though, due to the risk of robbery, and to not visit alone.

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