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Santa Clara

Canton Santa Clara. It is a canton of the Province of Pastaza, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Santa Clara.

The Tourist image of the Canton Santa Clara, is the adventure of Rivers and Forests. To know and experience insurmountable sensations when visiting the Cascades, Rivers and Eastern Lower Montane Forest of this magical canton of the Pastaza Province in Ecuador, complemented by the coexistence of the socio-cultural manifestations of the Kichwa Communities of the Amazon.

In addition to enjoying incredible sunsets and landscapes from wonderful viewpoints, which allow you to appreciate the spectacular nature of the Amazonian plant mosaic. The name of this Canton is due to the fact that two of its first inhabitants were extremely devoted to the virgin of Santa Clara de Asís, which offered them protection and shelter from the inclemency of the weather.

Relief Cantón Santa Clara

Its topography is irregular, the soil is formed by clay sediments and sandstones slightly chalky and of little drainage, shallow.

Clima Cantón Santa Clara

Its climate is equatorial, it has a temperature between 18 and 24 degrees throughout the year, with an average annual rainfall exceeding 3,000 mm; its humidity ranges between 87 and 89%.

Flora Canton Santa Clara

We can find different species of flora, the lower stratum is characterized by the presence of ferns, and a great diversity of plants of the family Araceae. The middle layer is made up of heliconias palms and lianas, the canopy is made up of giant trees such as chunchos, pigues, cinnamon, donsel, copal, abio, among others, that exceed 40 m, giving an atmosphere of constant gloom inside .

Fauna Cantón Santa Clara

Regarding fauna we can mention the following: partridges, mountain guans, blue-headed parrots, cutupaccchus, turtledoves, tanagers, hummingbirds, eagles, mammals like; tigrillo, sahino, deer, guanta, guatusa, fox, reptiles; boa.

Important holidays Cantón Santa Clara

Cantonization Party - January 2. - They are the most important in the town, as they are carried out a series of events of Ecuador: proclamation, election of the queen, village bulls, cockfights, parades, dances, dances, among others, which constitute a attractive potential for the sight and distraction of tourists.

Typical Foods Cantón Santa Clara

Carachama broth: Its preparation consists of allowing the carachama to boil for half an hour with the respective dressings, served with llurimahua banana, or cooked yucca. It is exhibited in tourism or gastronomy fairs inside and outside the province.

Maito de Garabatoyuyo y Palmito: To prepare it, place a small portion of chontaduro, palmito and garabatoyuyo, on a sheet of vijawa, hence the name of maito, then tie it and cook it on a grill for about 15 minutes.

Caracol Ceviche: Made with snail which is cooked for 10 minutes, then proceeds to remove the shell, the meat is minced to mix it with palmito red onion tomato kidney, salt, oil, lemon and is ready to serve.

Tourist places Cantón Santa Clara

San Juan de Piatúa Canton Santa Clara

This community is inhabited by indigenous people of the Kichwa ethnic group, made up of 10 families who share their daily experiences in each of the activities they perform, the minga is a symbol of brotherhood, union and coexistence, legacy of the Andean cosmovision, its people are friendly, somewhat reserved, not very spontaneous when its guests are unknown, this group retains many cultural features that make us remember the originality and authenticity of our ancestral roots.

The way of life of this group is subordinated to the influence of the environment that surrounds them, the Piatúa River, is one of its main sources of sustenance and recreation, together with a primary forest that has abundant species for hunting, as well as collecting plant parts and wild fruits provided by this, subsistence agriculture is another of the activities that should be highlighted in this human group, the traditional "chacras", in which they grow products such as cassava, plantain, wild sweet potato, corn and barbasco for fishing.

Location San Juan de Piatúa Cantón Santa Clara

Access to this attraction is by Km. 42 via Puyo -Tena, and the distance traveled by a third-order carter by car is 10.4 km, from the cantonal head, from where you continue on foot along a palisade path that has a distance of 4 km that leads to the community.

Climate San Juan de Piatúa Cantón Santa Clara

It is equatorial, the temperature is of 18 - 24 ºC uniform throughout the year and has an annual average precipitation that exceeds 3,000 mm. The relative humidity oscillates between 87% - 89% ".

Attractions San Juan de Piatúa Canton Santa Clara

• Folklore: As part of the folklore of this community you can appreciate the Shamanic rites, natural medicine, religious cults, ancestral practices of hunting and fishing, the construction of their homes preserves legacies of their ancestors, and agricultural practices are governed by Moon phases.

Gastronomy is reflected in typical dishes such as: maito, carachama broth, cassava with fish, chicha, guanta hoes, guatusa, venison among others.
    
• Supay Rumy (Devil's Stone): This is a giant rock with particular characteristics, both physical and cultural, "the grandparents of the community tell us that when their parents were young they could be observed in the evenings as a great variety and quantity of birds came and used this rock as a resting place and nesting, which was held by a child who was the protector of them, considered a sacred site for shamans, who came to strengthen their energies to be able to cure the evils of the people of the community and restricted for other people, who when approaching heard cries and moans of the small at night. The dimensions of this stone are the following 5m high and a diameter of 8 m.

At present herons nest and their mysticism and charm is only part of the oral tradition of the people of this wonderful community.

• Primary Forest: This forest is located in the vicinity of the community and has a wide variety of flora and fauna species that can be seen entering its dense forest mosaic, its physical and biological characteristics are similar to those described above.

• Piatúa River: This river possesses a magical and spectacular landscape, which is combined with the cultural wealth that the community possesses.

Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

During the tour you can see the presence of several waterfalls that are projected from the high parts of the forest that makes its way to each side of the river conjugating its giant trees with large canyons of intrusive rock, which are lined by a variety of epiphytes and lianas to go to deposit its crystalline and fresh waters in Llandia Chico, promoting its flow throughout its journey.

In its surroundings you can see a canyon that is covered by abundant vegetation typical of the place, which houses different types of flora and fauna.

Towards the lower part of the river there are other jets that together show a unique attraction where the tourist can delight, not only for the landscape but also because some of these waterfalls are perfect for recreation.

In this area there is a set of waterfalls and jets that form in the rivers and tributaries of the Llandia River, but the main waterfall is formed by the fall of the entire Lland river.

Location Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

The Llandia Chico waterfall is located in the San José parish on the Puyo - Tena Km 25 road.

Alto de la Cascada Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

The waterfall has a height of 30 meters approximately, the width of the fall is 3 meters, the bed is 5 meters wide and 4 meters long, with a depth of 2 meters, its waters are clear and very refreshing.

Weather Llandia Chico Canton Santa Clara Waterfall

It is equatorial, the temperature is of 18 - 24 ºC uniform throughout the year and has an annual average precipitation that exceeds 3,000 mm. The relative humidity oscillates between 87% - 89% ".

Flora Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

During the walk to the waterfall a variety of trees of great height and diameter are observed, the same ones that are adorned with abundant amount of epiphytes and lianas.

Fauna Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

Regarding the fauna, you can observe a great variety of birds in the canopy of the trees, as well as a diversity of insects and wildlife.

Attractions Waterfall Llandia Chico Cantón Santa Clara

• Sacha Yacu Waterfall: This waterfall is located on the right bank of the Llandia Chico River, 500 meters from the mouth of the Llandia Chico River.

This attraction has a height of 100 m, the width of its fall is 2 m, the rock is gray, and on its sides epiphytes are observed, the bed has a width of 3 m and a length of 2 m, with a depth of 1 m, and its waters are crystal clear.

• Rune Yacu Waterfall: It is located on the right bank of the Llandia Chico River. It has a height of 60 m, its bed is shallow, its waters are crystal clear and you can admire the bottom of it, it is dominated by an exuberant vegetation that gives a magical and charming tint.

Jatun Paccha waterfall in the Santa Clara Canton

On the way to the waterfall you can appreciate and enjoy the wonderful arboreal species that open on each side of the trail, along with a variety of epiphytes, fungi, lichens, heliconias and also birdlife that is very likely to be seen in the canopy of the forest.

Its waters are clear and you can see the formation of small waves that project to the shore, the dissemination of water droplets in the environment constantly maintain a high degree of humidity in this beautiful place.

This waterfall is very visited by national and foreign tourists especially on holidays, weekends and holidays. On the left bank of the Arajuno River, a sample of the Montano Bajo Oriental forest of the canton is preserved.

Location Jatun Paccha Waterfall in the Santa Clara Canton

The Jatun Paccha waterfall is located on the route that leads to the community of the same name by a third order road 22.6 km from the cantonal head with a travel time of 50 minutes.

Jatun Paccha Waterfall Extension in the Santa Clara Canton

The waterfall Jatun Paccha, has a height of 45 m, the rock is gray, formed by intrusive rocks and sedimentary the width of the fall is 2 m, the bed is 5 m wide and 6 meters long, with a depth of 2 m its waters are clear and very cold.

Climate Jatun Paccha Waterfall in the Santa Clara Canton

It has a hot and humid climate. Its average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius.

Flora Waterfall Jatun Paccha in the Canton of Santa Clara

This attraction has a unique vegetation, characteristic of the place, which houses a variety of epiphytes, and trees of all sizes, fungi and lichens.

Jatun Paccha Waterfall in the Santa Clara Canton

In regard to fauna we find some avifauna species such as cutupacchus, turkeys, partridges and blue-headed parrots, among others. Mammals we have: deer, armadillos, guantas, guatusos,
chichicos, among others.

Attractions Jatun Paccha Waterfall in the Santa Clara Canton

• Arajuno River: It is located at an altitude of 743 m.s.n.m. The waters of this river are clear the bed is formed by colorful rocks of boulder, it is plentiful, shallow on the sides of its course can be seen as it opens step on the downstream path a forest riparian yucsos (Fabaceae) you can see epiphytes, mosses, ferns and heliconias. In this river we can find species of sardine, carachaza, bocachicos, dorado, among others.

• Remnant of Primary Forest: On the left bank of the Arajuno River, a sample of the Montane Bajo Oriental forest of the canton is still preserved. Thirty hectares of dense arboreal vegetation, which house in its interior a great variety of lianas, epiphytes, fungi and heliconias, as well as varieties of avifauna species.

Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

The primary forest has unique characteristics, along this route you can see the presence of several streams that run through the dense vegetation, here you can see a large number of birds, mammals, and giant trees.

During the tour you can appreciate conserved and intact parts of the vegetation captured in a unique beauty; considering that there are parts that due to the increase of the agricultural frontier are in an accelerated process of destruction.

In this primary forest we can find different species of flora and fauna, it is characterized by the presence of ferns and a great diversity of plants.

Llandia River, the waters of this river are clear, of scarce flow and shallow on the sides of its course you can see large amount of epiphytes, mosses, ferns and heliconias.

Towards the lower part of the Lland river there are other jets that together show a unique attraction where the tourist can delight, not only for the landscape but for some of these waterfalls are perfect for recreation.

Location Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

This forest is located at a distance of 2.5 kilometers from the parish of San José, Santa Clara canton.

Extension of the Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

The extension of this forest is approximately 40 hectares.

Climate Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

It is equatorial, the temperature is of 18 - 24 ºC uniform throughout the year and has an annual average precipitation that exceeds 3,000 mm. The relative humidity oscillates between 87% - 89% ".

Flora Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

In this primary forest we can find different species of flora and fauna, the lower layer is characterized by the presence of ferns, and a great diversity of plants of the Araceae family.

The middle stratum consists of palms heliconias and lianas, the canopy is made up of giant trees such as chunchos, pigues, canelo, donsel, copal, abio, among others, that exceed 40 m, giving an atmosphere of constant gloom inside .

Wildlife Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

Regarding fauna we can mention the following: partridges, mountain guans, blue-headed parrots, cutupaccchus, turtledoves, tanagers, hummingbirds, eagles, mammals like; tigrillo, sahino, deer, guanta, guatusa, fox, reptiles; boa.

Attractions Primary Forest of Llandia Cantón Santa Clara

• Llandia River: It is located at an altitude of 997 m.s. its waters are clear, of scarce flow and shallow on the sides of its course you can see large amount of epiphytes, mosses, ferns and heliconias.

• Llandia waterfall: Its waters are clear and you can see the formation of small waves that project to the shore, the spreading of water droplets in the environment constantly maintain a high degree of humidity in this beautiful place.

• Condor Pacha Waterfall: Continuing downstream in the upper course of the Llandia River we can find the Condor Pacha waterfall, this one has a fall of approximately 3 m, it is 2 m wide, the rocks are gray intrusive, its bed is wide of 12 m wide and 8 m long, deep and greenish.

• Undios Waterfall: Following the Undios river downstream, we can find the Undios waterfall, around the waterfall you can see the presence of a non-flooded Primary Forest, with a large amount of ferns.

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