Discover Tena, the gateway paradise to the Amazon

Discover Tena, the gateway paradise to the Amazon

Discover Tena, the gateway paradise to the Amazon
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In the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Tena is located, a destination of nature, adventure, culture and gastronomy.

Known as the “Capital of the Cinnamon Country”, this town offers its visitors the opportunity to travel through trails, waterfalls, caves and natural protected areas, where it is possible to admire unique species of flora and fauna; awaken the adrenaline through rafting, kayaking and trekking; admire the culture of the ancestral peoples and taste the exotic cuisine.

Next, we will tell you more about Tena, the gateway paradise to the Amazon.

The gateway to the Amazon

Tena, recognized as the capital of the Napo province and considered the gateway to the Amazon, is reached by land transportation. The service is provided by interprovincial buses, departing from various main cities. From Quito, the distance is 193 km, which implies a journey of approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes, while from Ambato, the distance is 176 km with an estimated time of 3 hours and 50 minutes.

To get around the city you can hire taxis (white vans) that provide the service. The rate will depend on the distance from the destination you want to reach.

Cultural diversity and ancestral traditions

In this territory, the roots of the Kichwa and Huaorani ethnic groups are intertwined, two communities that have shaped the rich cultural heritage of the region with their traditions and knowledge. The connection with nature and spirituality are reflected in daily practices, manifesting in rituals, dances and ceremonies that celebrate the harmonious relationship between human beings and their environment.

These ancestral cultures have not only endured over time, but continue to be a source of inspiration and learning, inviting us to immerse ourselves in the depth of their legacy that lives in the different Community Tourism Centers such as Sinchi Warmi, Sandía Lodge, Napo Redturcon and others. .

Nature in its purest form

Tourism in Tena is a unique experience, where natural biodiversity is intertwined with the warmth of its inhabitants. If you are looking to cool off and enjoy nature, here are some hidden gems:

El Pangui Spa

Just 15 minutes from the city of Tena, the El Pangui spa on the Inchillaqui River awaits you for a refreshing swim. Don't miss this natural gem!

El Yani Spa

Located in the paradisiacal parish of Talag, 40 minutes from Tena, the El Yani spa offers the opportunity to cross by tarabita and immerse yourself in its crystalline waters. A unique experience for only 2.00 USD.

Alto Pusuno Waterfall

60 minutes from Tena, the Alto Pusuno waterfall in Misahuallí is a wonder that will leave you breathless. A perfect setting for photographs and connection with nature for only USD 2.00.

Can Waterfall

On the road to Misahuallí, 16 minutes from Tena, the Latas Waterfall invites you to discover four waterfalls, pools and a natural slide. An adventure for only 2.00 USD.

In the vicinity

Just 5 minutes from the city of Tena, Pimpilito Waterfall and Waskayaku Waterfall (San Jacinto) offer unique experiences for 1.00 USD. Nature, small pools and mystical caves await you in these nearby treasures.

To taste

Tilapia maito: The banquet is a delicious freshwater fish, wrapped in bijao leaves and cooked over charcoal for approximately 20 minutes. To complete its presentation, it is served accompanied by cassava and a salad of onion, tomato and garabato yuyo. Average cost of the dish $5.00

Creole chicken maito: The base of the gastronomic banquet is Creole chicken wrapped in bijao leaves, served accompanied by rice, cassava and salad. The average cost is $5.00.

Roasted carachamas: An Amazonian fish is cooked on the grill to feel its subtle flavors. It is necessary to accompany it with patacones, yucca, rice and salad. The average cost is $25.00 to taste for 4 people.

Tena awaits you with open arms, ready to reveal its natural secrets and give you unforgettable moments. Discover the charm of the “Capital of the Cinnamon Country” and immerse yourself in the magic of the Ecuadorian Amazon!

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