31 000inhabitants

500meters above sea level

75 km south of Baeza is Tena, the capital of the province of Napo. This quiet and friendly town is located on a hill above the confluence of 2 rivers: the Rio Tena and the Rio Pano. There are beautiful views from the first hills of the Andes, but unfortunately there is often fog over the forest.

Tena was an important mission and trade center, but is now best known as a center for ethno-tourism and rafting. It is a good first stop on the way to the Amazon. Many excursions depart from here or are organized from here.

17 km east of Tena is Misahualli, a small port at the confluence of the Rio Napo and Rio Misahualli. This village of 5000 inhabitants has long been the most westerly entrance to the Rio Napo.

Since the construction of the road to Coca, it has become much quieter in Misahualli. But Misahualli remains a good place to easily visit the most accessible areas of the Amazon. You will find a wide range of jungle tours here.

The area around Tena and Misahualli is well visited and you will not see larger animals anymore, but as far as birds, butterflies, insects and vegetation are concerned, here in the many existing lodges you will get a good first impression of what the Amazon era continues offer

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Tom - guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
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Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!