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Macas is located in the eastern part of Ecuador, six hours south of Puyo. This  jungle town was founded at the end of the 16th century as a missionary outpost. Today, it serves as a center for exploring the natural and cultural riches of the area.

Macas is in the midst of Shuar territory. Once known as the “head-hunting” Jívaro, these indigenous people allow visits to traditional villages only with approved guides, in order to learn about their misunderstood culture. At the confluence of the Kapawari and Pastaza rivers is the Kapawari Ecological Reserve, working in cooperation with the local community. The Achuar-styled complex is set in an area rich in biodiversity, and is reached by plane and canoe.

Tour agencies may arrange short or long treks into the jungle or Sangay National Park, whitewater rafting on the Río Upano, or other adventures. A few kilometers north, on the Cupueno River, is La Cascada, which offers great swimming, a water slide and a picnic area.

Macas offers an alternative route into the cultural and natural richness of the Ecuadorian Oriente. Whether to visit a Shuar community, or merely to gaze upon Sangay glowing on the horizon, a visit to this town promises to be unforgettable.


Other places nearby Macas: Lago Agrio, Tena, Cosanga, El Coca, Puyo, Cuyabeno, Coca, Baeza and Misahuallí.

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Things to do in Macas


110739This massive modern church gives its visitors a nice view of the city. The building also features twelve elaborate stained glass windows which depict the store of the Virgen Purísima de Macas. The ...
Historical Building
Macas, Ecuador

Tienda Fundación Chankuap

129231This fair trade shop founded by a Salesian father distributes crafts and organic food products made by the Shuar and Achuar communities of the Morona province. All the cosmetics and herbal infusions ...
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Macas, Ecuador

Huerto Eden wildlife rescue center

129232Just four kilometers (2.5 mi) outside Macas, in a lovely five-hectare (12.3-ac) park, retired veterinarian Dr. Vázquez and his family have created a wildlife sanctuary for all the wild animals that ...
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Macas, Ecuador

Museo Arqueológico Municipal

This small museum has a small collection of artifacts. They are not presented in the most attractive manner, but they are interesting. There is a collection of feather adornment and headdresses, ...
Macas, Ecuador
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