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It is a canton of the Province of Napo, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Tena. It is a typical Amazonian city, home to Kichwas native communities, surrounded by lush flora and fauna.

Tena, named by many historians as San Juan of the two rivers of Tena; receives the name for being bathed by the Tena and Pano rivers. The tranquility and kindness of its people is felt in its narrow streets. The Canton has a diversity of natural attractions and cultural manifestations. Each of its parishes have special characteristics that allow visitors to learn about the history and traditions of the Kichwa and Huaorani ethnic groups. Among the activities that can be done are: jungle excursions, risk sports: rafting, kayaking, tubing, canyoning trekking; cultural events such as: kichwa music, dance, shamanism, visit to the petroglyphs, bird watching, typical meals among others.

How to get to the tena from Quito?

In the Terrestrial Terminal of Quitumbe you can take the following companies that travel directly to Tena: Amazonas, Pelileo Fleet, Express Baths, Transport Baths, Latin America Express.
Approximate distance by land 207 km, travel time 4 hours.

How to get to Tena from Guayaquil?

In the Terrestrial Terminal of Guayaquil you can take the following companies that travel directly to Tena: Baños, Pelotao Fleet.
Approximate distance by land 444 Km, travel time 8 h 30 min.

How to get to Tena from Ambato?

In the Terato Terminal de Ambato you can take the following companies that travel directly to Tena: Cooperativa de Transportes Baños, Expreso Baños, Fleet Pelileo.
Approximate distance by land 178 km, travel time 4 hours.

Canton Tena Relief

Near and around the city of Tena there are minor elevations such as Pasourco, Pullurco, Chiuta, Tamburo, Itaurco, etc. The Cordillera de Galeras enters the territory of the Tena Canton, in the sector where the Pusuno River is born, in the dividing line with the Loreto Canton (Province of Orellana).

Puerto Misahuallí Extension in Tena

It has an approximate extension of 514 km2.

Climate Puerto Misahuallí in Tena

Warm humid, with an average temperature of 25 ºC.

Climate Canton Tena

The temperature borders 25 degrees and the “dry” months are November, December and January.

Flora Canton Tena

It has a combination of native flora. So far the existence of 135 different species has been determined, among which are: Mate, guayusa, ceibo, dragon's blood, chunchu, ishpingo, cedar, laurel, tocota and ahuano.

Fauna Canton Tena

At Jatun Sacha Station, 536 species of birds, 880 species of butterflies and 135 species between amphibians and reptiles have been recorded to date. Among the animals we can mention: Danta americana, cuchucho, cusumbo, marquizapas, chichico, guanta, ocelot, pig saíno, capybara, among others.

Hydrography Canton Tena

Two rivers pass through the city of Tena, the Tena River and Pano River which meet in that city. A few kilometers below, the river joins the Misahuallí River, which flows into the Napo in the town of Misahuallí.

Important celebrations Canton Tena

Napo River Festival.- January 5 to 11.
Napo Provincialization and discovery of the Amazon River.- February 12.
Tena Foundation.- November 15, civic, cultural and sports programs are carried out. Among the most outstanding events we have the election of the Queen of the Canton and the election of the GUAYUSA HUARMI, representing the native woman.
Parish of Pto. Napo.- December 15.

Important dates Canton Tena

1538 - September, Gonzalo Díaz de Pineda was the first Spaniard who arrived in Quijos territory in search of Dorado and Canela.
1541 - Gonzalo Pizarro made a new exploration that ended with the discovery of the Amazon River.
1560 - November 15, founding of Tena by Captain Gil Ramírez Dávalos.
1578 - the great uprising of the quijos takes place, who preferred to die or leave their land rather than be enslaved
1580 - arrival of the first priests, who belonged to the Dominicans.

Typical Gastronomy in Tena

Maitos.- It is made from tilapia, chicken or chontacuro. It consists of wrapping these meats, in bijao leaves (similar to the banana leaf) then place it on the stove. It is accompanied with cassava or green, salad and a good glass of guayusa, typical drink of the Amazon.

Garabato yuyo (fern species) .- is a product of plant origin, rich in nutritional properties. It is cooked and served as salads, meat stews or egg-based tortillas.

Skewer of chontacuro.- It is a worm taken from the chonta tree, it is medicinal, it serves to counteract sinusitis, asthma and influenza.

Chicha de chonta.- drink used by the natives in rituals and festivities, consists of cooking the chonta, peeling it, taking out the seed and grinding it in the batanes (special wooden bat) then crushing it with the help of heavy stones.

Guayusa.- is a natural energy drink that contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee and twice as many antioxidants as green tea.

Cazave.- It is an omelet prepared with cassava flour to which it is roasted until it acquires a hard consistency. This product can be stored for some time and is considered as the food of the hunters.

Patas muyo or skewer of white cocoa.- It is a species of cocoa endemic to the Ecuadorian Amazon, its seeds are dried and consumed fried or roasted, salted or sweet.

Tourist Places in Tena

La Isla Amazon Park in Tena

The Amazon Island Park (PALI), an environmental interpretation center where the value of our forest and the conservation of natural resources through environmental education are disseminated.

The park is a sample of the Amazon ecosystem, where native flora is observed in all its splendor.

On November 15, 1995, the Amazon Park opened its doors to the public.

Location Parque Amazónico La Isla in Tena

It is located at the confluence of the Pano and Tena rivers. It is accessed through a boat located at the southern end of Francisco de Orellana Avenue, in the Bellavista neighborhood.

Amazon Island Park Extension in Tena

It has 24 hectares.

Climate Parque Amazónico La Isla in Tena

The climate is the same in the region with an average temperature of 25º C, due to the presence of the two rivers the relative humidity is higher, this in terms of soils.

Flora Parque Amazónico La Isla in Tena

The park has a combination of native flora. So far the existence of 135 different species has been determined, among which are: Mate, guayusa, ceibo, dragon's blood, chunchu, ishpingo, cedar, laurel, tocota and ahuano.

• Medicinal species such as cat's claw, dragon's blood and ayahuasca.

• Ornamental plants such as heliconias, bromeliads, ferns and orchids.

Fauna Parque Amazónico La Isla in Tena

Different varieties of birds that see the park as a place of natural refuge and transition for food and rest in their migration path, among them we have: caciques, tangaras, parakeets, kingfishers, hummingbird, blackbirds and others.

The park is not a zoo, it maintains several significant species of our forest that are in danger of extinction and have been donated initially to La Isla.

Among those we find we have species such as: maquizapa monkey, chorongo monkey, barizo monkey, capybara, saino pig, cuchucu, charapa turtle, water turtle, spectacled caiman, tigrillo, boa, toucan, lora real, tapir, among others.

Attractions Parque Amazónico La Isla in Tena

• Trails: It has 8 hectares where there are 3.4 km of trails that connect to 11 cabins, 2 spas, 5 lagoons.

• Mirador: It has 2 hectares of gardens with 1 viewpoint of 18 meters and a small collection of fauna.

• Chacras: 1 hectare of self-supply farms for the zoo.

• Arboreum: It has an arboreun of 4 hectares.

• Forest: It has a forest remnant of 3 hectares in which there are palms and a variety of orchids and 4 hectares in which productive projects will be developed in conjunction with the other projects administered by FUNAMA.

• Services: When opening its doors, it had a covered grandstand, multipurpose room, three loaders, 3 km of trails, two viewpoints, spas on the rivers that border the peninsula, botanical gardens, nursery and a modest collection of wildlife in captivity.

Puerto Misahuallí in Tena

It has a river spa with soft white sand. The beach is decorated by dozens of trees that are the habitat of Capuchin monkeys and their descendants. Monkeys frequently interact with visitors; they are used to tourists and feel no fear to take what they need from houses and shops; They are one of the attractions of the town.

Puerto Misahuallí offers a variety of activities for tourists, including: river navigation, visit to zoos, native communities that will show customs, traditions, crafts and culture.
For the more adventurous are the walks through primary forest, visit waterfalls and practice extreme sports such as kayaking and tubing.

 Misahuallí is the port for boats on the Napo River.

Location Puerto Misahuallí in Tena

It is located 20 minutes from the Tena via the Amazonian trunk road.

Puerto Misahuallí Extension in Tena

It has an approximate extension of 514 km2.

Climate Puerto Misahuallí in Tena

Warm humid, with an average temperature of 25 ºC.

Attractions Puerto Misahuallí in Tena

• Beach Carnival: for more than 17 years the Beach Carnival is held on its beautiful freshwater beach, with the participation of local, national and international artists. Other activities to highlight would be the election of the Carnival queen and miss wet shirt.

• Las Boas: men can be seen walking with gigantic snakes on their shoulders. You only pay 1 to 2 dollars for the opportunity to take a picture with one of these monsters.

• Capuchin monkeys: They are the real stars of Misahualli, they are in the park and on the beach. They like to hang in the trees around the main square. These monkeys are not shy, be careful with the cameras and any food or drink you may have, since the Misahuallí Cappuccino snatches it. Some of them can even get on your head and cause some damage.

Monkey Island Protected Area in Tena

It is called "Monkey Island" because it is the habitat of the Machin monkey species, which have been lived and reproduced for more than 20 years; for this reason the monkeys are the most sociable in the region, becoming an attraction for tourists who approach very easily and share the tranquility and peace that the place generates.

Its extensive beach is very popular with tourists, ideal for swimming, water sports and river tourist transport.

Monkey Island is a protected area that is located in Pto. Misahuallí, 20 minutes from Tena.

This place is located at the junction of the Napo and Misahuallí rivers, has 7 hectares of forest, a small arm of the Misahuallí river divides it, forming an island.

With an average temperature of 25 ° C, constant humidity and rains almost all year round, the maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the foothills of the mountain range where the large masses of steam that the wind brings from the Amazon are condensed.

In the Monkey Island we can find species such as: yutzos, higuerón, batea, silquillo, tocota, guabillas, white cocoa, among others.

In addition to machin monkeys, swallows, tangaras, violacius, orioles, hummingbirds, and insects are observed.

Waterfall of cans in Tena

The large stones in the riverbed make its waters form waterfalls, waterfalls and fords of great beauty. In its trajectory the river is encased forming a slide. Its waters are crystal clear when it does not rain; environment with an excellent scenic landscape.

High of the Waterfall of Cans in Tena

The first waterfall has a height of 3 m high, upon reaching the large waterfall we can see that it has a water fall of 10 meters high.

Location Waterfall of Cans in Tena

It is located 12 km from Tena on the road to Pto. Misahuallí, left bank of the road.

Climate Can Waterfall in Tena

With an average temperature of 25 ° C.

Flora Waterfall Cans in Tena

In the tour, which takes 45 minutes, the rich Amazonian flora and its ornamental and medicinal plants are observed. One that most attracts attention is the Matapalo.

The following species can be observed: ceibo, chontaduro, myrtle, guarango, vanilla orchid, chiriguayusa, laurel, yagual, olive, yellow cinnamon, cocoa, bananas, toquilla straw, guadua, among others.

Fauna Waterfall Cans in Tena

There are some species of lepidoptera, bat, catornica, guanta, monkey machin, tangara, guajalito, carachama, black turkey, among others.

We can also admire the natural beauty of the sector, the wide variety of butterflies and insects.

Attractive Waterfall Cans in Tena

• Caverns of Cans: The cavern is approximately 50 m long, the width varies from 1 to 5 m, the height of the vault is 2.5 m; Inside you can see a small stream of water that flows into the Umbuni River. In addition, geological formations of stalactites and stalagmites can be observed. Inside there are several species of bats.

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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 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.