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 âhead-huntingâ JÃvaro, 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 RÃo 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.
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