Macas Ecuador is a Beautiful City and its surrounding areas have been well protected by the Shuar and Achuar Indians who live here.
The history of Macas starts 400 years ago dating back as an outpost for Missionaries.
Macas is located in the eastern side of Ecuador, six hours south of Puyo city.
Today, it serves as a center for exploring the natural and cultural riches of the area.
The town of Macas has more than 30,000 inhabitants, it is peaceful, progressive and dynamic town. It lies south of the Pastaza river and it's the capital city of the Province of Morona Santiago.
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The surrounding virgin area has also been well protected by the Ecuadorian Indians Shuar and Achuar, who live in Macas as a result of strong confrontations to the major petroleum companies that have tried to establish in the nearby jungle.
Tourism has also been boosted in the area as a result of the 1998 peace treaty between Peru and Ecuador. Currently you may enter the city via a road north to Puyo by crossing Pastaza river through two bridges.
You can take an excursion to Sangay National Park, home to three volcanoes, including Sangay volcano.
This Volcano is the 7th largest in Ecuador and is currently one of the more active world volcanoes and sits at an elevation of 5250 mt. continuously spewing ash, stones and fumes.
The Tungurahua Volcano also presently active and Altar volcano. The park's ecosystems range from tropical rain forest to paramo (moorland) and glacial.
Among its varied wildlife you can see the famous Condor, mountain tapir, puma and ocelots.
Hiking can be very hard and a good guide is always highly recommended. Hiking to the Sangay Volcano will take about seven days.
On the way to the Park, near the villages of Santa Rosa and Guapala, is the Hombre Jaguar Archaeological site. Little is known about these ruins, composed of numerous burial mounds.
Macas Ecuador is in the middle of the Indian Shuar territory. These Indians were once known as the head-hunting Jivaros.
But today these Ecuador indigenous people allow you to visit their traditional villages only with approved guides, in order to learn about their misunderstood culture.
The new Modern Cathedral of Macas Ecuador was completed in 1992 along with its highly decorated stained windows is also home to the painting of the Macas Virgin also known as "La Purisima de Macas" of 1592.
The Cathedral was actually constructed to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the Virgin who's painting is said to have undergone mysterious changes around this time, depictions of the story are told through the different stained glass windows for a fuller report.
At the back of the Cathedral you can view the Upano river valley and streams that is also ideal for birdawatching After viewing this valley you can easily visit the rest of the town by foot. More About Birdwatching in Ecuador
You can also visit the Interpretation Center that gives more in depth information about the Sangay National Park.
At the confluence of the Kapawari and Pastaza rivers is the Kapawari Ecological Reserve, working in cooperation with the local community. The Achuar Indian-styled complex is set in an area rich in biodiversity, and is reached only by plane or canoe.
Other recommended tourist attractions in Macas Ecuador are the Quillano hill, the Shuar and Achuar ethnic groups located in Sucúa, and Gualaquiza located 130 km away (if you are in search of gold).
Local travel companies can arrange short or long treks into the jungle or Sangay National Park, Whitewater Rafting in Ecuador on the Upano river or other adventures you might be interested in.
In the city of Macas, there is an archaeological museum and a recreational park rich in orchids and with great views of the Upano River valley.
Macas Ecuador offers you an alternative route into the cultural and natural richness of the Ecuador Amazon Rain Forest. Visit the Indian Shuar community and the Sangay National Park, it will be an unforgettable adventure.
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