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.
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.