Napo is the province in the rainforest that is easiest to access. Famous for its amazing wild water rafting and fascinating culture, Napo is regularly visited by tourists. But Napo offers more. Small indigenous villages open their doors to invite visitors in their culture and they will show you around in the amazing rainforest.
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.