Five hours southeast of Quito, Tena is the perfect launching point for a jungle trek or a rafting or kayaking trip down one of the countless rivers that pass within reach of town. Once an important colonial trading post in the Amazon, Tena is now the commercial center and capital of the Napo Province. The rainforest surrounding Tena supports a large population of lowland Kichwa indigenous people. Significant numbers of Quijos and Chibcha Indians live further out in the green expanse that stretches as far as the eye can see. It is possible to visit many of these communities and to observe and sometimes participate in traditional dancing, the preparation of chicha (an alcoholic drink made by masticating maiz, rice or yucca and fermenting the juice), shamanic rituals and blowgun competitions.