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Jars of the Anzu Mera Pastaza River

One of the favorite places to visit by national and foreign tourists is undoubtedly the jars of the Anzu River, in the middle of the Amazon jungle in the city of Mera, Pastaza Province.

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Caverns of the Anzu River in Mera Pastaza

The Anzu River Caverns are one of the most emblematic places that the city of Mera has in the Pastaza Province

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Colonia Isidro Ayora Spa in Mera Pastaza

In the Isidro Ayora Community in the City of Mera you can enjoy a crystal clear water spa in a natural setting.

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The peoples are forged through history, with the efforts of their children, who every day since its genesis have worked with perseverance and sacrifice the present and that project to a promising future.

This canton is born, with the presence of the settler of the mountains who fought in an adverse environment, perhaps unimaginable, where the rain, swollen rivers, made tremble with fear to the toughest and temperate man of spirit.

Encouraged by the hope of reaching the predestined place, to grab hold of his family and see his children grow up, the challenge is to start without having other support than his pulse wielding a machete to open the path of progress.

Relief Canton Mera

The land of Canton Mera has a pronounced relief, there is a mountainous area on the northwestern side that emerges from the Central Mountain Range of the Andes, then we find a plain or plain where the town of Mera is settled, and the parishes Shell, and Madre Land, and where agricultural work predominates. To the south we find the Pastaza River, to the north the Anzú River, Blanco and Pindo with crystalline and resting waters, the first two. To the east, a little lower we are at the same height of Puyo.

Climate Canton Mera

The average temperature is 20.2 ºC, with an average annual rainfall of 4222.7 mm. Being the months of August and September the driest and June and July the rainiest.

Flora Canton Mera

In the Mera Canton there is a great variety of plants, from trees with tall stems such as pilche or chanul, cedars, laurel, cinnamon, sandi, maria, tamburo, chontacaspi, guayacán, mahogany, etc., Mera itself has a lush vegetation.

Fauna Canton Mera

Among the animals that are in the area we have from the most ferocious as the panther, to those lesser as: tigrillo, fox, tamarins, deer, tapir, guatusa, armadillos, badgers, cuchucho, monkey, squirrel, bear. In terms of birds: pava, torcaza, owl, partridge, rock rooster, toucans, cucupagchos, variety of multicolored birds, which together embellish the environment and make it captivating.

Important parties Canton Mera

Cantonization parties - April 11. - Games are held with the participation of 10 indigenous nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon in ancestral activities such as: spear, dunk, blowgun, bow and arrow, raft, balance, traditional dances, shamanism, crafts, gastronomy among others.

Typical Food Mera Canton

Chontacuro: Dish prepared with the worm of the palms of chonta, with an average of 6 cm, is very desirable for its flavor and proteins. It is also attributed to several healing properties for the stomach and is prepared in various ways, roasted on the grill, fried or in mayonnaise.

Maitos de pescado y palmetto: It consists of fish and heart of palm wrapped and tied in leaves and placed on the grill for about 30 minutes and with little seasoning. It is served with cassava, Chinese potatoes or green plantains.

Chicha de yuca or chonta: It is a famous drink of the indigenous nationalities. It is prepared with cassava pulp or fermented chonta, water is added and it is ready to be taken.

Tree house

It has a swimming pool, sport fishing and offers the delicious snail ceviche. In total there are 11 floors, built on the basis of a giant 200 year old matapalo tree, it is the largest tree house in Ecuador, a true record.

The inhabitants of the Shell parish, especially children and young people, enjoy this natural beauty with absolute tranquility and without any concern. In addition, on the banks of the river there are places to camp and take walks and in the same way there are viewpoints to rest contemplating the landscape and at the same time taking photographs.

Tourists can enjoy the Tree House, in the style of Tarzan of the monkeys, fly in the vines over the treetops, experience the adventure of entering the tunnels of mystery, swim in the pools of crystal clear waters and savor the delicious tilapia

Protected Forest Santa Ana

Area where we can see the typical dwelling of the sector and species of flora and fauna with a low level of the cantonal head. In addition, this forest is used for tourism, within which some indigenous communities are involved.

It is hydrologically crossed by the Pastaza River, which is the main secondary drainage of the Putuimi River, which is a tributary of the Puyo River and drains with a flow that, due to its cleanliness, sustains the life of many fish species.

It is managed by the Yawa Jee foundation, which in the Shuar native language means "the house of all animals", together with the indigenous Kichwa community of Santana.

It is a project of recovery of animal species and protection of the forests of that sector where they recover and reintroduce species of reptiles and mammals that are threatened by hunting and destruction of their natural habitats.

Indigenous Communities of Mother Earth

It is the most rural parish of the canton located 11 km from the Shell. This has its own characteristics within the canton possessing nature and Amazonian indigenous cultures, it is a favorable place for the development of Ecotourism, community tourism.

Here Kichwa and Shuar communities have settled, which in some way maintain their cultural wealth and that is being used by them for the improvement of their quality of life, being themselves the providers of tourist services.

Their state of conservation is relative, since they have introduced goals and lifestyles that are not theirs such as clothing and equipment used in everyday life, but they maintain their own cultural identity without trying to isolate themselves , but stay as much as possible in their cultural traditions.


The majority of the inhabitants of Canton Mera who are of Kichwa nationality are on the banks of the Pastaza River in the Madre Tierra parish, in Puerto Santa Ana and several colonies of Kichwa settlements, where certain groups of Shuar also stand out sporadically. they reside in this parish.


The water temperature of this waterfall is 25 ºC.


The customs of this beautiful land are the traditional dances performed on each important date of the community.

• Games: At parties the most exciting are the community meeting, games, pyrotechnics, folk parades and more.


• Puerto Santa Ana: Located on the banks of the Pastaza River, this site is a meeting and transportation point for the communities that live on the other side of the river, since there is a tarabita that facilitates the crossing of this river, this tarabita is one of the largest in the country with a width of 500 meters.

• Mirador de Jacalurco: Ideal site for adventure tourism, you can ride a horse, in addition to a sport fishing and travel somber tropical fruits, very close to this place you can visit a sugar cane mill for the preparation of panela

This place is characterized for being most of its cultivated soils. It has shades of corn, yucca, banana, Chinese potatoes, naranjilla, lemon. There are guabas trees, whistles and other exotic fruits that exist in these forests.

This viewpoint is 3 km from the Shell.

• La Delicia jams: Here you can learn about the process of making jams from various fruits of the area such as: guava, araza, pineapple or papaya.

• Río Pindo Tourist Complex: It is a spa built by the Municipality of Mera in the waters of the Pindo Grande River in order to promote tourism in the Shell parish. The dam consists of two side doors. It also has sports courts, slides, changing rooms, bathrooms. The complex has become the leisure and recreation center.

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Ecuador and its unique charms.

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.