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Tena

Country
Ecuador
State
Napo
City
San Juan de Tena
Type of Location
Adventure Spot
About Location

At first glance, the rain forest is a vast green wilderness. However, as one observes carefully, this ecosystem is full of surprises for its visitors. Not only is each tree very different from the next, but also for every tree there are hundreds of other plant and animal species in constant interaction. Tropical rain forests occupy 7% of the Earth’s surface, but they hold 50% of the world’s biodiversity (Myers 1988; Wilson 1988). These forests are found in Central America, Africa and Asia, but the biggest area extends in the South American Amazon. To truly take advantage of the rain forest, one must awaken all five senses to discover how exotic life forms have evolved to live together in a minimal extent of land. The embracing sounds tell of the various birds and insects that keep this living forest in constant change. One must carefully observe the many other animal and plant species as they have amazing color and texture adaptations which can be confused with the scenery. The various smells tell of the chemicals that the plants have developed as a defense for herbivores, and many are of medicinal use for humans.



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How to Reach

By Air

Tame flies frequently between Guayaquil, Quito and other destinations
throughout the country. A number of small airlines serve the coast and eastern part of the country. Flying is the usual mode of transport for intercity travel.

By Water

Main port: Guayaquil is the main port in Ecuador for both passengers and freight . There are passenger/cargo services from Europe, which take around 20 to 22 days, and from the USA.

By Bus

Long-distance buses leave from the terminal terrestre (central bus station). Tickets are inexpensive and should be bought in advance to secure a seat. Long-distance coaches can be very comfortable and air-conditioned. Other modes include busetas (minibuses that travel long distances quickly) and converted pick-up trucks. The standards of buses decrease in rural areas. Travelers are advised to keep their passports with them at all times as police checks are common. Keep luggage within sight. It is not recommended to travel at night.

Key places to visit
Podocarpus National Park, Quijos River in the Baeza Area, In Tena, Kapawi Reserve


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Places to Visit

Podocarpus National Park

Podocarpus National Park arises imposingly, giving way to cloud forests, rivers, and numerous species of birds. There are also waterfalls, canyons, and various kinds of mammals and plants. This reserve was established with the mission of protecting the Podocarpus trees that grow in the park. Among the main activities available, to better experience the area’s natural setting, are walks and treks during which one can admire the spectacular scenery filled with orchids and multi-colored birds.

Quijos River in the Baeza Area

The river drops down to the Eastern Amazonian region and is located 3 hours from Quito. This river offers excellent 1 or 2 day rafting excursions with many challenging rapids and a beautiful tropics with rich flora and fauna.

In Tena

In Tena, the capital city of the province of Napo, there is a large concentration of rivers with many facilities for practicing water sports. You can choose between calm routes and the excitement offered by heavy rapids. Another popular trip made by tourists is along the Upano River in southern Ecuador in the province of Morona Santiago. Ecuador offers schools and instructors to help facilitate these activities. In the Casanga and Quijos Rivers of Baeza (Napo) or in the Lake of Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja, Sucumbíos), you can do some great fishing. The main travel agencies in the country’s major cities, including the capitals of the Amazon provinces, will help to organize any trip or tour desirable. To participate in any high risk sports such as kayaking or rafting, you need to have a specialized guide who knows the river and jungle territories.

Kapawi Reserve

Kapawi Lodge is located in one of the most remote regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You reach the area in a small plane arriving at the community of Scharamentsa. From there, you travel in canoe to Kapawi. It was constructed by the Achuar Indians following their traditional construction techniques. The guests are housed in 20 comfortable double cabins, each with a private bathroom, hot water (produced by solar energy) and electricity produced by solar energy. You can relax on the terrace and watch the daily visitors: ducks, hummingbirds, herons, parrots, etc.

Right Time to Visit

May - October

Temperature

May - June -> 31(°C) - Summer
January - February -> 19(°C) - Spring


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