Why you should visit Misahualli and Tena in The Ecuadorian Amazon
The Amazon has always fascinated me a green and lush landscape with interesting creatures lurking in the bushes. It is a dream that has come true.
Misahualli and Tena
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Why You Should Visit Misahualli and Tena in The Ecuadorian Amazon

14 Mar Why You Should Visit Misahualli and Tena in The Ecuadorian Amazon

Why you should visit Misahualli in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Visiting Mishaualli in the Ecuadorian Amazon is a dream come true. For me, as a Norwegian, the jungle is something I heard about and watched on tv. The Amazon has always fascinated me a green and lush landscape with interesting creatures lurking in the bushes.

A few weeks ago I got the chance to go there with my boyfriend for a long weekend. Miashualli is a small village at the of the Amazon region next to Napo river. Napo river reaches all the way to Peru. Misahualli is famous for the monkeys called Squirrel monkeys. Misahualli has become a tourist attraction for the last decades.

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Just outside of Misahualli we saw this huge tree, that is said to be over 1000 years! You feel quite small standing under that one!

A taste of what the youth does in Misahualli, they play football and hang out as everywhere else. It is not true that everyone that everyone who lives in the jungle lives like the tribes and hunts animals with self-made spears.


Visiting Tena

Tena is the capital of the Napo province and is known as the Cinnamon capital of Ecuador and is a great attraction for going kayaking and rafting.

During rain season the water turns brown and this is a spot where two rivers (Tena and Pano) meet. This is truly something remarkable to see.


We visited Parque Amazonico la Isla, which sadly got washed out in the river and many of the animals died.



The ones that survived was the squirrel monkeys and the birds.


The Squirrel monkeys are hilarious and naughty. 


Be careful with your belongings when seeing these monkeys, they are known to steal whatever you have, especially food. It is not recommended to give them food, but if you do they will eat it if they like it. If they don’t they will throw it away. 


Visiting the communities

To be able to get to visit the communities and go kayaking you can just go down towards the river in Misahualli and people will offer you a one hour or two-hour tour deal.

We got the opportunity to travel on a boat on Napo river and visit a local community called Ayllu Awarina. I felt quite touristy when I posed in a photo like this, but then again it is a way they earn a living.


The community had a traditional dance for us wearing traditional clothing and using traditional instruments.


They prepared a drink called Chicha made out of Yuca which they made us taste.  Yuca can remind you of a potato and you can also make fries out of Yuca.


We were surrounded by interesting animals like this lurking under the bush.


You can’t go to the Amazon without spotting a crocodile, luckily it was not in the river but sheltered and out of danger.

Tena or/and Mishaualli is a great stopover on the way further into the Amazon like Yasuni or Cuyabeno and you will be a little more prepared for how it is in the Amazon than go straight into the middle of the Amazon.

Have you experienced the Amazon what di you like about it? If Not where would you like to go?


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  • thevikingabroad
    Posted at 12:17h, 14 March Reply

    That is so cool , always wanted to go to the Philippines 😀

  • Katie
    Posted at 14:44h, 15 March Reply

    I visited Tena and the Amazon in Ecuador in the previous December! I stayed at Shiripuno lodge! I loved it! We went tubing down the Napo river, it was an amazing experience that I wont forget. I didn’t see a crocodile, but I am sure glad that they stayed away while tubing! I love your photos!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 14:45h, 15 March Reply

      That is awesome 😀 Sounds like you had a great adventure 😀 Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Kenzie
    Posted at 15:17h, 15 March Reply

    Omgoodness the little monkeys 💕💕 love all the lush green backdrops. Great post, thank you for sharing !

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:24h, 15 March Reply

      They are so cute aren’t they ? Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Payastyle
    Posted at 15:29h, 15 March Reply

    I’m always amazed how different people can live their lives, from living in big cities to living in a jungle.

  • Mary Jane
    Posted at 23:09h, 15 March Reply

    So interesting to read about this trip! …especially the squirrel monkeys 🙂 Thanks so much for the great post and wonderful photos! Cheers, Mary Jane

  • Lisa Sell
    Posted at 07:53h, 16 March Reply

    Stunning photos that really give a sense of the culture. Got to love the monkeys too!

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 15:55h, 16 March Reply

    Wow what an incredible experience, I would love to visit the amazon! And those monkeys are so cute 😀

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:57h, 16 March Reply

      They are so cute indeed. Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Gracie Gill
    Posted at 19:32h, 16 March Reply

    Wow look at those people’s outfits! I am always fascinated about meeting different tribes. And thank you for this, I will also put Amazon in my bucket list! Your photos are lovely too.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:26h, 17 March Reply

      Yeah it was a pretty unique experience. That is awesome 😀 Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Christina
    Posted at 20:05h, 16 March Reply

    What an amazing experience! When I was little, it was my dream to visit the Amazon but I’m a little scared of all of the critters there! I’ve heard about monkeys like that stealing from tourists in other countries as well but they are so cute!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 10:25h, 17 March Reply

      It, was. yeah lots of scary creatures there hehe. The monkeys are so cute 😀 Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Andrea | Moonlight Sweetness
    Posted at 11:06h, 17 March Reply

    After reading this, I so want to go back to Ecuador! This looks amazing and a total life changing experience. Thanks for sharing! The pics are awesome! Ecuador’s wildlife is truly admirable 🙂

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:10h, 17 March Reply

      You have been here? That is amazing 😀 Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Frédéric Paulussen
    Posted at 11:49h, 17 March Reply

    I actually never heard of Misahualli before, but now I really want to go! Great post ^^

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:06h, 17 March Reply

      Yeah not many have, it is such a small place. That is awesome 😀 Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Fenne
    Posted at 16:51h, 27 April Reply

    Looks very special there and seeing that dance must have been wonderful!

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