PUERTO MISAHUALLÍ

NAPO WILDLIFE REGION

Province: Napo

Extension: 513.8 km²

Year of creation: 1.969

Altitude range: 395 - 470 meters

Weather: 24 degrees

Humidity: 80 - 90%

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Misahualli is also known for being a natural river spa with white sand, located 30 minutes from the city of Tena, capital of the Napo province. The population is surrounded by humid forest that are the habitat of capuchin monkeys.

The port is part of the high forest whose main feature is the abundant biodiversity per square meter, one of the largest in the world in terms of endemic species of flora and wildlife. Monkey Island is located on the banks of the Misahualli River, just a step away from Central Park. It is called "Monkey Island" for being the habitat of the Machin monkey species, which have lived and reproduced for more than 20 years; for this reason the monkeys are the most sociable in the region, becoming an attraction for tourists who approach very easily and share the tranquility and peace that the place generates. Its extensive beach is very popular with tourists, ideal for swimming, water sports and river tourist transport.

Puerto Misahuallí and its surrounding indigenous communities are also bases for many volunteers working for reforestation projects, with community support in development initiatives in diverse, and connected areas such as, ecotourism and capacity building. The indigenous populations of Ecuador are some of the most politically organized in Latin America, and Tena houses two major confederations, Fonakin (Federación de Organizaciones de la Nacionalidad Kichwa de Napo) and Ashin (Asociación de Shamanes Indígenas de Napo); one of the major stand-offs during the 2001 indigenous uprising in Ecuador, took place here.

The community of Shiripuno, through the Kichwas Women's Association of Shiripuno - Misahuallí (Amukishmi), develops ecotourism activities linked to their customs, traditions, legends, folklore. They market with crafts, perform shamanic sessions on the sacred stone and tours through the botanical garden.

Attractions: Made by the women of the Amukishmi Association, the crafts are made of natural materials such as pita fibers, dozens of types of natural seeds and natural dye resins such as leaves, flowers, roots, latex, among others. Dance and music: The community offers Quichua dance and music shows during which you can observe and enjoy pleasant moments.


Shinchi Warmy Community Tourism Center. It is a tourism center led by 13 women and 3 men all Amazonian Kichwas who have dedicated themselves to the offer of sustainable tourism in which the activities of nature and community life constitute the fundamental elements that guarantee a unique experience during your stay.

ROUTES

  • Napo Province

1 day

If you choose any of those tours, we recommend you to arrive in the afternoon around Misahuallí. From the bus terminal in Quito you could take a bus to Tena in the Napo province and from there you can go by bus (45 minutes) o taxi (20 minutes) to Puerto Misahuallí. There are different accommodation options, all tours start at the office of Selva Verde Tours next to the main square.

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DAY TOURS

  • Vista Hermosa Lodge

  • Napo Province

2 days and 1 night

From rainforest waterfalls to scientific stations. This routes explore the exotic wildlife and culture of the area in the commodity of our ecologic cabins of  "Vista Hermosa Ecolodge". We have a complete variety of activities such as lagoon canoe paddling, tubing, monkey island visit, caiman watching, butterfly  farms visit, native gastronomy lessons and dances. 

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ECOLODGE ROUTES

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  • Napo Province

  • Orellana Province

  • Waorani native communities

3 days and 2 nights

Discover the biodiversity and culture of the region through the ancient natural  highways of the jungle: the river. Paddling, tubing and the ancestral raft will be the main vehicle to get to the hidden jungle natural spots. Get ready to explore the jungle in this adventurous and natural way as natives did since the beginning of their existence.

WILDLIFE ADVENTURE ROUTES

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  • Napo Province

  • Orellana Province

  • Waorani native communities

5 days

Discover the biodiversity and culture of the region through the ancient natural  highways of the jungle: the river. Paddling, tubing and the ancestral raft will be the main vehicle to get to the hidden jungle natural spots. Get ready to explore the jungle in this adventurous and natural way as natives did since the beginning of their existence.

TRADITIONAL JUNGLE ROUTES

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BIRDWATCHING ROUTES

  • Napo Province

  • Waorani native communities

From 5 - 10 - 15 days

Perfect for Ornithologist or biologists, this routes goes across the areas with the most quantity and diversity of birds. The routes  start from one to four days around the region. Primary forest, open areas, birds salt licks, lagoons river borders are the main places to observe the incredible  variety of this kind animals.