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Palora City

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Palora

It is a canton of the Province of Morona Santiago, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Palora. It has a great tourist potential distributed in its urban parishes.

The foundation of Palora dates from the early 50's when the mobilizations of people from different Provinces of Ecuador reach these lands by the Agrarian Reform Law. More than 50% of its territory belongs to the protected area of ​​Sangay National Park, a natural scenario that allows to appreciate a great diversity of flora and fauna, important waterfalls, lagoons and rivers that give the name to the canton as Eden of the Amazon.

In Palora you can visit the Balneario del Río Numbayme located 4km from the cantonal capital, or the company that grows and markets tea, where you can know not only the plantations, but also the production process. Other attractions are the Llushin, Amundalo rivers in the San Vicente de Tarqui sector, or the community of Chinimpi, the Nayanamak waterfall and the Palora river, an ideal place for rafting, among other places that attract the most. visitor interest. One of the main tourist attractions of the canton is the magnificent scientific value in which you can find primary forest and make observations of the beautiful flora and fauna.

In Palora you can taste dishes such as: sweaty tilapia, palm tapa, yucca with cheese, green plantain grind and palmito ceviche, as well as typical drinks such as: guarapo, guayusa and natural juices.

Flora Canton Palora

In this part there are countless species of plants of the Amazon; The forest is made up of trees such as: mahogany, laurel, intachi, copal, pambil, fruti bread, morete, drago blood, among others. In addition, you can see numerous species of shrubs, herbaceous, orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and ferns.

Fauna Cantón Palora

Regarding the fauna we can observe some types of insects, such as spiders, wasps, butterflies, among other species, we can also observe guanta, tapir, saino, deer, armadillos, guatusa, birds, toucans, hawks, owls, bocachico, catfish, sardines, snakes, boas, Xs, chonta caspi, among others.

Cultures and traditions Cantón Palora

Cantonization parties - June 22. - Among the activities that are carried out we have: popular games, choice of queen, sociocultural events, proclamation, civic and folkloric parade, rafting contest, election of the "Nua Shiran", among others.
Our Lady of the Rosary - October.
Carnival parties - February.

Typical foods Cantón Palora

Chontacuro: Worm of the palms of chonta, has proteins and healing properties for the stomach, it is prepared in various ways, roasted, in mayonnaise, fried, served with yucca or banana.

Maito: Prepared with fish, hearts of palm and spices, wrapped in bijao leaves and roasted. It is served with cassava and salad.

Heart of ceviche: Onion, lemon, orange juice and chopped cilantro, accompanied with chifles.

Palora Drinks

Guarapo, guayusa and natural juices.

Tourist Places of Palora

Primary Forest Yutzo Canton Palora

In the center of the forest there is a waterfall called Ijiem Etnza, according to the residents, this water fall has been used for the shamans' rites because of their location and their magnetic power. We can also reach the Palora River by dividing this parish with the community of Kumkup.

The primary forest is of great extension of forest ecosystems, they have a vital importance for the planet and its inhabitants. They cover a certain part of the earth's surface, maintaining at least half of the species of terrestrial plants and animals in the area, many of which have not yet been discovered. In the forest varieties of species of flora and fauna, and keep animals unique in their species.

Flora Primary Forest Yutzo Canton Palora

It has the following flora: cedar, pilche, mahogany, guayacán, maría bella, copal, tamburo, sahumerio, moral, canelo, doncel, rubber, zapote, aguacatillo, guabas, sachi, monte grapes, caimito de monte, cat's claw, zaragoza, ginger, chili, sour caña, ayahuasca, guayusa, matico, santa maria, chonta, pambil, palmito, hotbed, orchids, heliconias, ferns, female lips, among others.

The palmetto is usually made up of several trunks, of leafy and elegant aspect, it usually grows to make groups of plants between 2 and 4 meters high.

Fauna Primary Forest Yutzo Canton Palora

Regarding the fauna we can see species such as: partridges, parrots, pancos, cantarinas, royal lora, quiqui, sparrowhawk, lora palito, boa, lizards, crickets, arachnids, ants, guanta, guatuso, saino, tapir, deer, bear, tiger, capybaras, squirrel, butterflies, pava gil, fish like: small mouth, sardines, bearded, chutis, handias, carachaza, among other species.

The hawk is the miniature of the goshawk, but more slender and with longer tail, has like the merlin the slate-colored upper part, the clear throat with longitudinal lines and the reddish cheeks. The lower reddish-orange with transverse lines more brown-dark.

Cascada Nayanmak Cantón Palora

The fall has a height of 5 meters and empties into the river forming in its base product of the same channel, a pool of almost 2 meters deep with calm and transparent waters, suitable for swimming; The river, like the beach of this sector, make a place suitable for hiking, with a relaxing walk along the banks enjoying its waters, the flora and fauna that surrounds the area.

To get to this site it is necessary to contact the owner to execute the guide and can show all the benefits of this natural site that is made up of primary forest (virgin forest) and a low percentage of secondary forest.

Alto de la Cascada Waterfall Nayanmak Cantón Palora

The fall has a height of 5 meters and empties into the river forming in its base product of the same channel, a pool of almost 2 meters deep.

Location Cascada Nayanmak Cantón Palora

This waterfall is located in the Arapicos parish, near the Chai community, 18 km from the city of Palora.

Weather Cascada Nayanmak Cantón Palora

The temperature of the place usually varies from day to night, has a pleasant climate.

Flora Waterfall Nayanmak Canton Palora

In this part there are countless species of plants of the Amazon; The forest is made up of trees such as: mahogany, laurel, intachi, copal, pambil, fruti bread, morete, drago blood, among others.

In addition, you can see numerous species of shrubs, herbaceous, orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and ferns.

Fauna Waterfall Nayanmak Canton Palora

Regarding the fauna we can observe some types of insects, such as spiders, wasps, butterflies, among other species, we can also observe guanta, tapir, saino, deer, armadillos, guatusa, birds, toucans, hawks, owls, bocachico, catfish, sardines, snakes, boas, Xs, chonta caspi, among others.

Attractions Cascada Nayanmak Cantón Palora

• Turim Entza: Before reaching the river on one side of the path, there is a Turim waterfall that can be used as a complementary attraction. Its location just 20 meters from the original path makes its accessibility very easy.

• Cascada de las Golondrinas: about 5 minutes from the waterfall Nayanamak is the waterfall Golondrinas, waterfall of about 30 to 40 m approximately, crystal clear water, its name is due to the fact that it inhabits this species of bird, which is its place to nest and spend the night in it, in front of this waterfall there is a cave or cavern 15 m deep for about 8m. of height, it serves for the rest and to realize photography.

Chinimpi Cantón Palora

It is located southeast of Palora canton and east of Sangay parish. It is the most representative community of the canton for what most Natives live, and has wonderful places like the waterfall of Chinimpi and the cave of Peace, very cozy and quiet places.

The community does not have specialized native guides, however, there are some teachers from the community who act as such; who give information to tourists who visit this site and take them into the jungle for contact with nature.

Weather Chinimpi Cantón Palora

The community has a pleasant and varied climate.

Biodiversity Chinimpi Cantón Palora

The nature of the environment constitutes secondary forest and is made up of trees such as: balsa, pigüe, laurel, cedar, canelo, pachaco, among others. The most representative animals are: guatusa, guatín, guanta, guanfando, cuchucho and tigrillo.

Attractions Chinimpi Cantón Palora

• Panela factory "Cambundini": After some problems to get ahead, the panela factory "Cambundini", begins to work with the new year by means of the sugarcane harvest. Its main product is panela, and in a few occasions the liquor that has almost been eradicated from the community for religious reasons.

The panela produced is distributed nationwide, mainly in Baños, where the production of marshmallows with this product has become traditional. It is located in the middle of the town of Chinimpi and is easily accessible by road from Palora.

• Shuar Crafts: Crafts are made in the community such as necklaces, bracelets, made from the seeds of plants native to the town, as well as lances, bows and arrows made of chonta wood. They are also ornaments of exotic bird feathers.

Some of the crafts have as raw material the skin of certain animals such as tigrillos, snakes, while for others different types of native species structures are used, such as wasp hives, nests of certain birds, among others.

Some use butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, spiders and other species of insects that can be found throughout the jungle.

• La Paz Cave: It is known as La Paz Cave, because of the rocky formation from which the creek that resembles a cave is born, but it is not the speleological formation. It is a fall that forms a pool of about 5 meters wide by 8 meters long and whose waters are transparent and therefore is used by residents and visitors as a spa and leisure place.

It is located just 80 meters from the town center by a footpath with easy access. Its waters are warm at a temperature of approximately 18 ° C, excellent for rest and relaxation.

• Cascada Cueva de los Chimbilaco: Like the cave of La Paz, the formation is a canyon in the rock where the waterfall is born whose name is due to the bats that inhabit this sector and that the inhabitants call them "chimbilacos" , which take refuge in a cavern about 5 m high by 7 m wide.

It is located at the other end of the Cueva de la Paz, with a height of around 8 m of crystalline waters and a somewhat windy temperature of 18 ºC. In this place you can perform activities such as: trekking, photographs, observation and study of flora and fauna.

• Sucuya Riachuelo: Located about 20 minutes from the "Las Gemelas" waterfall, and with a height of almost 2 m at the end of its fall, a lagoon of considerable proportions where fish are found by the inhabitants. as "Sucuyas", from where this stream takes its name.

Some residents say that in this waterfall every year in the month of August a boa comes out to eat and lives in these surroundings. Its presence has managed to control certain species and balance the ecosystem of harmful species.

As in the whole area, its waters are crystalline, at a temperature of approximately 18 ºC, you can see representative flora and fauna such as: Matapalo, leather toad, insects, spiders, snakes, snakes, butterflies, among others.

Cascada Las Gemelas Cantón Palora

This beautiful waterfall has a drop of water of approximately 15 m height, about 20 minutes from the point of arrival, of crystalline and uncontaminated water, it is easily accessible by the construction of a path through which you can observe varieties of Flora and fauna.

At about 50 m from the Las Gemelas waterfalls we reach another waterfall of about 5 m which has the same characteristics of the previous ones since it is its continuation because of this it has this same name, it is easily accessible.

One of its main attractions are the various birds that surround the waterfall and its trinkets are magical melodies that welcomes tourists.

The transparency of its waters is clear, its temperature is varied, the water fall is thick and intense, its landscape is unique because it has a special flora and fauna.

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