Gualaquiza is a tranquil oasis at the southern most tip of the Oriente, where the dense lush Amazon collides with the verdant sierra forests. In this quaint, proud, amiable town the rich biodiversity ranges from jungle, to forest, caves, natural waterslides, and hosts delicious temperate climate. Gualaquiza boasts the same conveniences as its northern counterpart, Macas, but adds a personal quality, the type of place where people gladly take time out of the day to help a lost stranger find their way.
Once an important colonial trading post in the Amazon, Tena is now the commercial center and capital of the Napo Province with a population of 19,000. The city lies 5 hours southeast of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, and is surrounded by rainforest. The city is divided into two halves by the rivers Tena and Pano and connected by two bridges, one for pedestrians and one for automobiles. There are several sand and pebble beaches, as well as a number of plazas and parks for recreation.
Situated an hour South-East of Tena, Sinchipura is an idyllic 30 people strong community sitting beside the River Napo deep in the Amazon jungle. Away from any town, cars and general noise the place is a model of how people live with the environment that they are given.
The Termas de Papallacta offer the perfect quaint escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and are located just a few hours outside of Quito. Soaking in Papallacta’s mineral hot springs is a great way to unwind and relax with an amazing view of lush green hills and the soaring Andes Mountains.
Misahualli is a fun place to visit in the middle of the rainforest. It has a great location, not too far away from Tena and easy to reach from Quito.
Don't expect any primary rainforest when you set out for a trip to this little village. Deforestation due to illegal logging and agricultural activities in the area have made this impossible.
The small jungle town of Puyo is situated two hours east of Banos, three hours south of Tena, and five hours north of Macas, representing the nexus between the Northern and Southern Oriente. Remote jungle areas are accessible to the north, east and south, while to the west, Andean towns are easily reachable, making Puyo a very convenient junction for travelers.
The spectacular Reserva Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno is comprised of over 6000 protected square kilometers surrounding the Rio Cuyabeno in Ecuador's northeastern corner. The flooded forest, which receives up to 4000mm of rain per year, is home to a vast array of aquatic and bird life, along with an incredible array of plant species for example the huge ceiba trees which poke up from their underwater bases, making the reserve's black water lagoons, rivers, and tributaries a truly unique sight to behold.