Napo Province Adventures

About

In their Ecological Reserves and the Amazon Region or jungle, where exploring the rain forest using the different private lodges or reserves.

Napo, From the Native Cinnamon Center to the Astonish Forest Land

Napo offers an amazing experience surrounded by exotic landscapes reaching from the 4,200 m in the higher Andes to the low 450 m to get a bunch of options full of different activities, micro climates (weather and vegetation), average temperatures, ranging 10-26 degrees Celsius, diverse flora and fauna, volcanoes, snow peaks, grasslands and above all, primary and secondary forest with abundance of wildlife.

The stunning Easter Andean cordillera spurs, ideal for trekking, climbing, fishing, camping or touring by important towns like Tena, founded in 1560 and plagued by early indigenous uprisings or to stay in the vicinity of National Parks and Ecological Reserves of the Amazon Region, such as Sumaco-Napo Galeras, known to host high biodiversity or the National Park Llanganates, famous due to the hidden Treasure of the Llanganates, reasons for visitors to come to explore its large rain forest using the different private lodges or other reserves to check waterfalls or walking to get in touch to the uniqueness of flora and fauna from the region but also the mega diverse that the country possess, combined with a fascinating interaction with the two different cultures and communities Kichuas and Shuars able to share their traditions and ways of living with visitors.

Getting Around

As the Napo River leaves the Andean foothills, it winds south of the Ecuadorian town of Tena and, through the extended area of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve. The core area of the reserve, protected as the Sumaco-Napo-Galeras National Park, with a total area of more than 205K hectares is home to more than 6000 species of plants. It also contains 101 species of mammals, 86 species of frogs and toads, and 27 families of fish. The terrain ranges in height from its lowest point at 400 meters above sea level to the summit of the Sumaco Volcano at 3732 meters above sea level.

History & Culture

Early History

The capital of Napo province, Tena was founded in 1560 and plagued by early indigenous uprisings. Jumandy, chief of the Kichwa, led a fierce but unsuccessful revolt against the spaniards in 1578. The anniversary of the town foundation is celebrated on November 15 with live music and community events.

Highlights

Misahuallí

When you leave Tena behind and hit the river bridge at Puerto Napo, the mass of churning water below is the beginning of Napo River. These early stages of the mighty waterway flow east passed surprisingly luxurious lodges, whilst good roads run along both banks as far as Misahualli.

The northern shore road trawled about hourly with buses, passes Cascada Las Latas, an impressive waterfall more or less half-way between Puerto Napo and Misahualli (and 15 minutes’ drive from either).

 

Tena

Unusually for a jungle transport hub, Tena is a charming place where many travelers find themselves hanging around quite happily for days before or after a trip into the rainforest. White-water fanatics from around the globe come to paddle and play on the high concentration of surrounding rivers, and the town is home to lots of experienced and highly recommended kayaking operators.

 

Sumaco-Napo Galeras National Park

A smooth, paved road connects Coca via Loreto to Tena, passing by the southern entrance to large and stunning slice of little-explored cloud forest. Nowhere else in Ecuador is there such a vast area totally free of development including thick rainforest, cloud forest, hidden caves and cliffs and bare, volcanic uplands.

The centerpiece of the 2052-sq-km park is 3732m Sumaco Volcano, which is plagued by wet weather. The volcano is currently dormant, although vulcanologists believe it could become active. It lies about 27km north of the Coca-Loreto-Tena road.

 

Archidona

Situated 7km in the south part of Cotundo, Archidona, originally a mission founded in 1560, is a village of sleepy pastel facades, with a zebra-striped church poking up out of a manicured plaza. Sundays are market days. The best local accommodations are excellent Orchids Paradise Lodge, a friendly hotel set in its own sprawling grounds just outside town on the Tena road.

 

Napo River

Napo River is situated in northeastern Ecuador and northeastern Peru. It flows from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and descends generally eastward to the Peruvian border. There it turns southeastward and continues through dense tropical rain forests, joining the Amazon River approximately 50 miles (80 km) downstream . Explored by the Spanish soldier and Amazon explorer Francisco de Orellana in 1540 and then by the Portuguese Amazon explorer Pedro Teixiera in 1638.