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Morona "La Esmeralda Oriental", centennial city, admired for its history, culture and landscape. It is cozy because it combines human warmth with the heat of the ancient jungle, the transparency of men with the cleanliness of its rivers, the splendid beauty of its landscapes with its women. It is admired for its flora and fauna, it is a cozy place settled in the beautiful valley of the Upano, from north to south it crosses the river of the same name until it joins with the Paute river in the corner of Santiago constituting itself in the most important river of Macas. It limits to the north with the cantons: Pablo Sexto and Huamboya; to the south: with Sucúa, Logroño and Tiwintza; to the west with Taisha and to the west with the provinces of Chimborazo and Cañar.

Places to visit in Canton Morona

Historical Urban Center of Macas in Morona

Narrow cobbled streets, balconies adorned with flowers and picturesque facades have made the historic center of Macas an ideal place to be visited and exploited touristically.

Purest Cathedral of Macas in Morona

The first Sanctuary was not exactly a great church, it was rather a cave worked on a mountain in 1591 adapted to serve as home to the virtuous hermit Juan de la Cruz. Unearthing part of its niches that have been found near the copal from which the Macas and their districts supplied the entire audience of Quito, this sanctuary was very close to the city of Seville de Oro discovered by Father Pedro Porras on 24 July 1986

Museum House of Culture in Morona

It was inaugurated in the year 2000 and in the year 2001 it was merged with the museum of the municipality of Cantón Morona. When it is in its formative stage it gathers a series of elements, which correspond more than to a technical evaluation to a desire to have space that disseminates, values ​​and preserves some representations. The objects present are mostly donated, which makes it more interesting, because its origin comes from the generosity and daily life of the people.

Valle Del Upano in Morona

The Upano Valley has an area of ​​approximately 20 kilometers, you can see a lot of flora, the Arrayanes forest, orchids and its attractive beaches and its abundant waters serve to make adventure sports such as rafting.

Beaches of the Upano River

The Upano beach has an area of ​​200 meters, the water is clean and green, has a warm temperature that reaches 14o C on warm days, its flora is poor due to the floods that the great river had. From the beach you can see the Upano rapids and its large bridge. The banks of the beach have 30% sand and 70% stone in their formation.

Waterfall of Cugusha

The waterfall is 85 meters vertical, which has a small pool at 10 meters of fall and then continues the waterfall with a large jump of 75 meters, leading to a pool of 20 meters in diameter, ideal for swimming, fishing and relaxing . The color of its water is clear blue, clean and crystal clear.

Forest Protector Kutucú Shaimi

The protective forest Cutucú-Shaimi is under study and management plan to belong to the SNAP, has an area of ​​360000 hectares of mainly large arboreal vegetation, has primary forests and abundant fauna. There are streams, rivers and waterfalls in which you can fish, rodents, mammals, reptiles and a variety of birds. You can enter through some places, mainly through the community of Musap, Macuma in the Morona canton.

Waterfall of Alto Macuma

Located in the foothills of the Cutucú mountain range, they are a set of 7 crystalline water cascades. The route is made between primary and secondary forest, ideal for walking by streams, fishing curundas (local fish), swimming in natural pools, jumping next to the waterfalls, climbing rocky walls, photographing beautiful landscapes, camping in the middle of the jungle There are no lodging cabins.

Musap Waterfall

On the route Evenecer - Macuma - Taisha, entry by the Shuar Musap community, allows hiking through primary forest, secondary forest, swimming, hydromassage, navigation on buoys, fishing, camping.

Sangay National Park

It is located in the provinces of Morona Santiago, Chimborazo and Cañar. Sangay National Park (PNS) is one of the most impressive protected areas of continental Ecuador. Because of its great biological, ecological, geological, and cultural wealth that it contains on the western foothills of the mountain range, it was declared a National Park. This area, because it meets three of the four criteria, in the year of 1983 UNESCO declared it Sangay National Park, Natural Patrimony of Humanity, this recognition is established due to its great importance that houses this area.

Lagunas De Sardinayacu in Morona

Lacustrine system of 5 lagoons, formed by the melting of the Sangay volcano and other streams that will form the Volcán River, with diameters between 1.7 to 5.2 kilometers the largest, dark blue water, surrounded by vegetation primary, large amount of flora and fauna, ideal for sport fishing, camping, hiking and photography.

Huerto el Edén Ecotourism Farm in Morona

The Moronade process began construction and restoration of the area 13 years ago, since at the beginning it was a swamp where it could not harbor fauna or flora typical of the area. The ecotourism farm Huerto el Edén is a rescue center for neotropical fauna, product of the confiscation of wildlife traffickers. We can find 70 animals and 15 species, as well as a hatchery of snails, orchids and fruit trees.

Ethnic Groups in Morona

Macabea Community in Morona

The Maccabees were always linked to the earth, to their natural environment, they loved the soil from which they extracted the resources and means to live. Their customs and traditions are intimately related to life in the countryside, with housing, food, parties, work and manifestations of religiosity.

Shuar community in Morona

The Shuar base their diet on cassava, plantain, potato, wild fruits and the product of hunting and fishing. Traditionally it was a warrior town and its trophies, "the tsantsas", have been recognized all over the world. As for the crafts they make earrings, handles, necklaces, tawasap, wallets, belts, baskets, bodoqueras, spears, tuntas and others, made especially of seeds of cumbía, pambil, caimito, guaba, ajulemo, nupi, tamarind, platanillos, etse, san Pedro, adorned with feathers of birds, bones, reeds, shells and lianas.

What activities can be practiced in Morona?

You can practice hiking, hiking, trekking, bird watching, sport fishing, photography, among others.

Food in Morona

Morona offers a wide variety of places to savor traditional cuisine, as well as the different dishes of international cuisine, its restaurants, soda fountains, bars, cafes, hostels, offer visitors a range that includes fusions between macabea and gourmet cuisine .

Typical Food in Morona

There are several delicacies that are cooked with local products. Among them are: the maytos of fish and palmito, the stew of guanta, guatusa, venison and tapir, the uchú manga that is a broth prepared with animal meat (guanta, danta) or fish, with salt and chili, ayampaco that contains carachama, bocachico or catfish steamed in bijao leaves. Carachama broth, cassava bread, yuca tamale, among others, and chicha de yuca, plantain and chonta, guayusa, cane juice, drinks that are shared with the Shuar ethnic group are consumed.

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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 , Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolívar, 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.