It is a canton of the Province of Morona Santiago, Ecuador. Its cantonal head is the city of Santiago de Méndez. It is a quiet city where tourists can feel safe while walking through its streets and avenues, enjoy its parks and sports fields, have the opportunity to walk through the viewpoint to the waters of the Paute River that bathes the left side of this beautiful Amazonian corner.
Méndez is a quiet city where tourists can feel safe while walking through its streets and avenues, enjoy its parks and sports fields, have the opportunity to walk through the viewpoint to the waters of the Paute River that bathes the left side of this beautiful Amazonian corner . In addition, you can visit the lagoon and cave Tayos de Cushapuk's, Pitiu and navigate the rivers Santiago and Yaupi.
In the area, the Shuar nationality and the settlers coexist, their offspring (the majority of the older adult population comes from the Province of Azuay, which began to populate the region between 50 and 60 years ago), the coexistence is harmonious without to be very frequent the mixture of these two cultures, being the Shuar a race that would not have been mixed during the Spanish colonization, for being in a very remote region until these days.
Climate Cantón Santiago de Méndez.
The subtropical humid perseverant climate that gives the characteristics of its vegetation. The average temperature is 22.3 ° C. The average annual rainfall of 2500 mm, with frequent rains from December to July.
Flora Cantón Santiago de Méndez.
There is abundant tropical vegetation, with presence of primary forests where there are excellent quality timber trees such as: cedar, mahogany, balsa, laurel, guayacán, copal, presence of a large number of palm trees, medicinal plants, orchids and endemic plants, as well as collection fruits such as chonta, copoasa among others.
Fauna Cantón Santiago de Méndez.
The fauna is made up of 54 species and 66 genera that contain species of mammals such as tapirs, spectacled bears, tigrillos, jaguars, otter, agoutis, armadillos, etc., of birds such as the hummingbird, Andean hummingbird, condors, rooster de la peña , bombonera, giant hummingbird, buzzard duck, king buzzard, macaws, toucans, pacharacas etc. In fish there are: bocachico, bearded, pachi and others also reptiles, insects and amphibians, within which there are more than 14 species of frogs all this shows that the forests of this canton constitute true refuges of wildlife.
- Drago blood
- Flower tree
- Black Ishpingo
Tourist places Cantón Santiago de Méndez.
- Fiestas de Cristo Rey
- Cave of Nunkantaim
- Grotto of Santa Elena
- Panía Hot Springs
- Santa Elena Waterfall
- Beaches of Namangoza
- Casda Sto. Sunday
- Waterfall of Churo
- Laguna La Dolorosa
- Tayuza Cave