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It is an Ecuadorian city; is the cantonal head of the Pastaza Canton and capital of the Province of Pastaza. The city is the economic center of the province, and one of the main ones of the Amazonian Region of Ecuador.

The city of Puyo known as "Heart of the Amazon" is the largest Canton in the country with 9800 square kilometers. It has become the most touristy Canton of the Amazon. Puyo is known as a commercial place. Activity on the streets starts very early and ends almost at midnight. The main roads are full of stores of all kinds. The landscape and the natural beauty of the charms of Pastaza, offer the best options to visitors and scientists who wish to know the impressive vegetation, fauna, immense rivers, waterfalls and other fascinating places of the east of Ecuador.

The name of the city is because it is located on the banks of the Puyo River. In turn, Puyo comes from the word puyu which means haze in Quichua. Located on the outer flanks of the eastern cordillera of the Andes, in the Amazon Region of Ecuador, in the west of the province of Pastaza; approximately one hour from Baños along a very good quality road. It is located at 924 m. above sea level, at a latitude of 0 ° 59 '-1 "S and a longitude of 77 ° 49' 0" W. Puyo is a small city that in recent years has significantly increased its tourist offer with special emphasis on the ecological and adventure activities. It has a great hydrological richness to its surroundings, besides the Puyo River runs east of the city.

History Cantón Puyo

The city of Puyo was founded on May 12, 2023 by the Spanish explorer, Fray Álvaro Valladares. Here there was an intense process of colonization and conversion to Christianity of its native inhabitants leading to many original ethnic groups extinction or merger with other majorities. The production of rubber, the fruit of sugar cane and naranjilla have marked the development of this city through history, not forgetting logging.

Clima Canton Puyo

It has a hot and humid climate. Its average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. The rains are mild but frequent. It is a tropical rainy climatic zone, the temperature varies between 18 ° and 33 ° C. due to its altitude (924 m) and its location in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Flora Cantón Puyo

Agricultural production is typical of subtropical and tropical climate: Naranjilla, sweet potato, yucca, lemon, tangerine, coffee, sugar cane, corn. The rich variety of afforestation is great, due to its humid zone, among the main ones are: cedar, cinnamon, laurel, mahogany, wood, furniture making and joinery.

Fauna Cantón Puyo

It can be seen; mountain guans, partridges, blue-headed parrots, cutupaccchus, turtle doves, tanagers, hummingbirds, eagles, butterflies of the genus Morpho, mammals like; tigrillo, sahino, deer, armadillo, guanta, guatusa, raposa, reptiles; Boa, pitalala, chonta and motolo.

Economic development Canton Puyo

The main activity of the Pastaza canton is agriculture and livestock, plywood, tea, liquors and handicrafts and what stands out is tourism. The city is the largest economic and commercial center of the Province of Pastaza. It houses large financial and commercial organizations in the country. Its economy is based on trade, tourism and agriculture.

Gastronomy Canton Puyo

The culinary culture of Puyo forms a colorful variety of foods influenced by its own Amazonian roots as well as internal immigration. In Puyo you can enjoy the most varied typical foods of the jungle. Your kitchen is well supplied by the natural factor in situ, for example, fishing is very high in the lower jungle because of the amount of nutrients in the rivers and lagoons. In the immense variety, highlights the paiche, the second largest freshwater fish (can weigh up to 180 kilos and measure up to 3 meters long).

The typical dishes of the city are:

  1. Ceviche tumbler
  2. Tilapia Maito
  3. Maito de carachama
  4. Maito de cachama
  5. Dry of guanta
  6. Pincho de chontacuro
  7. Chicha de chonta
  8. Yucca Chicha
  9. Chicha chewed from yucca
  10. Guayusa
  11. Ayahuasca

Culture Cantón Puyo

Puyo has an energetic, particular, complex and diverse culture, with an overflowing and busy contemporary life. Despite urban cosmopolitanism, the Amazon greatly influences the city. It is considered a cultural center that summarizes the cultural expressions of the Ecuadorian Amazon, because the Passozian forests are the cradle of 7 indigenous nationalities of the Amazonian Region of Ecuador: the Quichuas of the Amazon, the Andoans, the Zaparas, the Huoranis, the Achuar, the Shiwiar and the Shuar. The city also gathers a great amount of customs and traditions that have been maintained considerably through the years, among them its festivities, culinary, artisanal, painting, architecture and the mythology of the Amazon.

Canton Puyo Tourism

Tourism in one of the most vital industries of Puyo and, in recent years, is constantly changing. The city has a growing reputation as a tourist destination because of its location in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Over the years, Puyo has increased its tourist offer; Currently, the tourism index grew thanks to the tourist campaign undertaken by the national government, "All you need is Ecuador". The tourism of the city focuses on its natural beauty, interculturality, gastronomy, and adventure sports.

As for ecological tourism, the city has spacious green areas, and most of the forests and nearby attractions are under its jurisdiction.

The tourism of the city is intimately related to the rest of the canton; the main attraction of the canton is nature, endowed with a high biodiversity. In the area you can visit the different waterfalls, try the marshmallows (sweets made from sugar cane), there are varieties of handicrafts made in raft and tagua made in other places and resold in this town. Over the years it has continued with its commercial tradition, and currently in a fundamentally economic process, bets on tourism, reflected in the changes in the decoration of the city. The most outstanding tourist destinations are:

Tourist tour of the Puyo River

It is one of the most important attractions of the city; considered a popular spa, where there is a large number of people swimming, delighting in the landscape and especially the humid and hot climate it offers; It is also an excellent site for photo shoots of the site and several pools are also present with deep pools for sports activities. The full tour of the tour takes almost an hour, here you have the opportunity to cross two suspension bridges and some bridges made of wood. It is a trail of 2.5 km. in which the rivers of the two rivers are crossed, where a great diversity of vegetal species exists between which the herbaceous plants stand out as well as acacias, bromelias, orchids, palms, etc. There are also guatines, agoutis, armadillos, lizards, frogs, toads and snakes such as chonta caspi, coral, blind snake, etc.

Botanical Park "Las Orquídeas" in Puyo

It is the product of an idea originated in 1980. It is located on the Macas road, detour to San Jacinto in the "Los Ángeles" neighborhood. It has 6.75 hectares, where they live: 300 species of orchids, 30 introduced species, 38 varieties of heliconias, 70 varieties of bromeliads, etc .; since 1980 the forest has been regenerated and has led to the growth of species such as: laurel, aguano (sp. in extinction), white cedar, sandi, chuncho, huambulo, canelo, jatuncholo, buoy stick, achotillo, raft, coffee field, ceibo, cotton, tucuta, rubber, palo cruz, wild zapote, bayberry, toad leather, ax cape, ornamental oak, fine moral, red oak, rosé oak, etc. There is a variety of insects such as: chinches, cicadas, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles and butterflies; there are also turtles and land snails, and fish such as: tilapia, cachamas and carps.

Morete Puyu Water Park in puyo

It was built in 2004, by the municipality, with the aim of promoting tourism. It is located on Calle Teniente Hugo Ortiz behind the Terminal Terrestre. It has capacity for 3,000 people and its attractions are the wave pool, and the highest slides in the country, the sauna, Turkish bath, hydromassage, semi-olympic pool, diving pool, tennis courts, basketball, soccer, volleyball and green areas . It also has a receptions center with capacity for 300 people.

Royal Exotic Bird Park in Puyo

It is km. 1 of the route Puyo - Macas, in the Barrio la Unión, behind the Church. It sits on one hectare of land and houses almost 500 birds from around the world, such as Asian pheasants, ostriches, peacocks, unicorn birds, 25 types of hens, 20 pigeons, ducks and parrots. They also have local birds such as parrots, macaws, toucans, etc.

The cathedral church and the central park "May 12" in Puyo

They have an undoubted historical value, since from here the city has been expanding, in addition in the park the Monument to the Heroes of the Cenepa War is located.

Boardwalk Boayacu Puyu

It is located east of the city on the banks of the Puyo River; traveling a large part of the course of the river as it passes through the city. It begins to the northeast with a viewpoint, which has a splendid view of the city and its surroundings, getting to see even, on clear days, the Sangay and Altar volcanoes. On the other side of the viewpoint you can see the Puyo river. At the foot of the viewpoint is the entrance to the touristic tour of the Pambay and Puyo rivers, and there are also restaurants in the place where the typical dish of the city is offered: the ceviche volquetero. Following the boardwalk is the monument to women of the 7 nationalities.10

Indigenous Center Ñucanchi Allpa in Puyo

It is an association formed by people of different nationalities (Quichua, Shuar, Huaorani, Zápara, Achuar, Shiwiar and Andoa). The tourist attraction consists of a hut where many handicrafts and typical foods are offered, also indigenous dances and shamanic cures to the public are performed.

Ecopark Hosteria Monte Selva in Puyo

It has been the tourist attraction of Pastaza for 12 years. It has a forest reserve of 16 hectares, next to the main road of Puyo - Shell - Baños. It started as a spa famous for its orchid-shaped pool. Its gastronomic offer exceeds more than 30 specialties, from coastal food, roasts and Amazonian delicacies. It has panoramic Suites from which you can see the beautiful Amazonian landscapes, in the middle of comfort with 3-seater beds, cable TV, hot water and high-speed Wi-Fi. Their proposal of lodging is very different from the preconceived one of the Amazonia of huts with straw roofs and wooden walls. Currently, it is the tourist enterprise that most encourages national tourists to come to Pastaza and experience the Amazon, in the midst of comfort and convenience.

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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.
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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 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.