Puyo, The Heart of the Amazon
Puyo, also known as Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii de Puyo, is a city in Ecuador; Cantonal head of the Pastaza Canton and capital of the Province of Pastaza, as well as the largest and most populous city in it. In the center-west of the Amazon region of Ecuador is the Puyo River.
Pastaza, the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is a destination that is located across the avenue of the volcanoes, and entering through different tunnels, until reaching the artisan monument, which welcomes visitors to this beautiful corner of the homeland. It is located 262 km from Quito, and 363 km from Guayaquil.
It is characterized by having hundreds of landscapes, charms and natural beauty. They provide different options to visitors. Its tourist offer is wide and it is enjoyed within the impressive vegetation, fauna, rivers, waterfalls and many more fascinating places, characteristic of the town.
The travelers, in this destination can realize walks, and activities of distraction in long vines, hanging bridges or tarabitas; and enjoy the typical aroma of thick vegetation.
Puyo Tourist Attractions
Malecón Rio Puyo impresses tourists with spaces for walks through the secondary jungle, this very close, a few minutes from the center of Puyo. In this natural space you will observe birds and admire: macaws, monkeys and otters. At the end of the tour there is a varied and exquisite gastronomic offer, the delicious dumplings ceviche, the chontacuros, the fish maito or the chicha de chonta, among others.
The Pastaza and Puyo tourism industry offers more than 2,000 accommodation places. In addition, tours are offered to extreme sports practicing such as: canyoning, bungee jumping, sport climbing, rafting, bike tours and hiking, being a favorite destination and attended by tourists on holidays and vacations nationwide.
This canton attractions are distributed in three tourist corridors: Puyo - Baños, Puyo - Macas, and Puyo - Tena. Each destination welcomes an infinity of natural spas in its crystalline rivers and hidden waterfalls covered with lush jungle. The main river that runs through this destination is Pastaza, which is navigable and flows into the Amazon River.
The jungles of this vast canton are the cradle of 7 indigenous nationalities: the Kichwas of the Amazon, Andoas, Záparas, Huoranis, Achuar, Shiwiar and Shuar. These communities have inhabited the Amazon rainforest for hundreds of years, their customs, ways of life, their cuisine, music, worldview and their varied languages; they turn them into true anthropological attractions for researchers as well as for domestic and foreign tourists.
The vestiges of the nationalities and towns of Pastaza, represented in collections of vessels, stone bracelets, wooden rafts, insects and other archaeological pieces of the Pastaza Kamihun culture rest in the center of the city , Achuar and Kamihun.
El Puyo is the second city in the world with more water resources for this reason it is a fortress for life, strategically located in the center of the Amazon represents a showcase for scientific and community tourism. For these and many other reasons, Pastaza has become an important tourist power.
- Fatima Zoo
- Monkey Walk
- The Morete Water Park
- OMAERE Ethno-Botanical Park
- Las Orquideas Botanical Garden
- The Ethnic and Archaeological Museum
- Puyo Royal Park
- “Omaere” Pedagogical Park
- "Hello Life" Foundation
- Puyo River Tourist Walk
- Indichuris project
- Exotic Bird Park
- Wildlife Farm
- Churuya Mamus
- Crafts in Balsa
- Waterfalls "Yana Rumi"
- Taculin Bobonaza
- Pastaza City
- Achuar Ethnic Group
- Canelo Community – Kichwa
- Zápara Ethnic Group
- Shiwiar Ethnic Group
- Santa Clara City
- Llandia Waterfall
- Sanrarajuno Waterfall
Climate of Puyo
Puyo has a tropical monsoon climate, throughout the year it has constant rainfall so there is no well-defined dry season, and it has temperatures ranging from 15 ° C to 32 ° C. The average annual temperature is 20 ° C. Because the seasons of the year are not sensitive in the equatorial zone, it has only two seasons.
Due to the proximity to the equator, the heat is constant in the local climate. There are no cold days during winter. It has a rainy winter, which arrives in October and ends in May, with March and April tending to include the wettest weather. Summer offers a very different climate. Although July and August are the driest months, some periods of downpours remain. Sunny days and good weather are usual and temperatures are higher.
Puyo Heart of the Jungle, Gastronomy
In Pastaza canton of Puyo City, there is a wide range of different typical food of the Amazon, since the cuisine is the pride of Ecuadorians, you have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasant hospitality of its people and savor the best Typical dishes, which is similar to Peruvian cuisine, the same one that is recognized as one of the best in the world, since the gastronomic offer is very varied by the various natural ingredients, so that for each of the indigenous nationalities there are different dishes or presentations, you can find them in the different restaurants, whereabouts, indigenous communities, or hotel and / or accommodation sites that work with our Agency / Operator, etc., which will be one of the reasons for you to return to Puyo - Pastaza, This is how one of the popular and traditional dishes is the catfish, carachama, bocachico and tilapia maitos, which consists of applying a few grams of salt to tilapia, wrapping them in bijao leaves, which gives a scent to a flavoring perfume, a unique and exclusive flavor since its leaves are natural, then they are roasted on charcoal, discovering yourself the pleasure of spoiling your palate, of the food of our ancestors .
You can also taste the spikes of moyón or chontacuro, which are worms that grow in different palms, (chonta worm) that has a high natural fat content, has become one of the different Amazonian dishes today.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Canelos Region was integrated into the territory of the Corregimiento de Ambato, jurisdiction established in 1797 within Quito Presidency, which at that time was part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. In 1802 King Carlos IV of Spain issued the erection card of the Bishopric of Mainas, which was also to cover the Canelos Mission. This Identity Card, which was only ecclesiastical in nature, had, however, dire consequences in subsequent border disputes with Peru. On June 23, 1824, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Colombia issued a Territorial Division Law that organized the territory of Gran Colombia into twelve departments. Each Department comprised provinces and cantons. The Pastaza area corresponded to the Macas canton of the Province of Chimborazo in Department No. 10 called Ecuador.
On March 27, 1897, by Law of the National Assembly, sanctioned by President Eloy Alfaro on April 14 of the same year, the "Eastern Region of Ecuador" was created and with this antecedent the same Eloy Alfaro in 1899, dictates the "Special Law of the East", giving the Region preferential treatment; but as in the previous Law, several Amazon territories continued to belong to the provinces of the Sierra. On this occasion the canton Canelos happened to belong to the province of Tungurahua. As noted in the preceding paragraphs, it is noted that the origin of what is now Pastaza, was born in Canelos, but as there was also a town called Infieles del Pastaza since 1775. Cinnamon rather, over time, was losing its quality of Province and Canton in the mists of the "Legend of the Cinnamon Country"; There is even talk that in Canelos, before the Foundation of Fr. Sebastián Rosero in 1624, there was an "old town" called MAUKALLAKTA.
The current city was founded on May 12, 1899 by Dominican missionary Álvaro Valladares and nine indigenous Canelos: Captain Palate or Eustaquio Illanes, Ignacio Vargas, Sebastián Illanes, Toribio Santi, and others; who, looking for a place of rest and rest between Baños and Canelos, found the appropriate place near the Puyo River, where today is the Central Park "May 12". Before this, the missionary ordered 3 large shacks to be built in the mentioned place, there they placed a wooden cross and celebrated a mass, entrusting the people to the Virgin Mary, who was baptized as Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii de Puyo. In the early years, the new town was inhabited by native Indians. Mestizo merchants used it as a rest on their trips between Baños and Canelos.