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San Jose de Morona

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San Jose de Morona

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San Jose de Morona is in Morona-Santiago, Ecuador.


San Jose de Morona is a town on the River Morona, and literally the 'end of the road' in the lowlands Amazon region along this route. Recently (in the past five years) the Ecuadorian Government delivered tarmac and electricity, in part to exploit recently discovered copper and petroleum in the area. For now, it remains with few tourists and good access to primary Amazon forest and the surrounding Shuar communities. It is recommended only to travel here if you speak Spanish, as few English speakers will be found.

Get in[edit]

Take the bus from Macas (10 hours, more or less, and about $10) towards "[Puerto Morona]". Enjoy the "View of the Virgin" at the last mountains before the flat sea of the Amazonian lowlands extends to the horizon.

Get around[edit]

Taxis are quite expensive, but more expensive are boats (about $30 per hour of travel). One can catch buses to and from Puerto Morona. Otherwise, there are few private vehicles.

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The amazon! Take a guide...

The River Morona - you can walk.

Lagoons - about 1.5 hours walk from San Jose de Morona towards Puerto Morona, there are two lagoons (one easily accessible and visible from the road, another (called Laguna Negra) less accessible but more impressive.

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Explore the Jungle

Visit local Shuar communities - There are local communities which are more likely to have received visitors and to speak spanish, and there are communities deep into the jungle, accessible by river, whose cultures and traditions are likely more preserved.

Take a sunset boatride on the River Morona

Paddle around the Lagoons in locally made wooden rafts

      • All of these things should be done with a guide. It is incredibly easy to become disorientated in the Jungle, and thus a guide is necessary. Also, because Shuar communities in the area are not accustomed to tourism, and many people don't speak Spanish, foreigners should only try to access with a guide known to the village. ***

A guide named Kalancho ((+593) 073058703) charges $20 or $25 a day to guide tourists around the area, and he is friendly, knowledgeable, and well known in the communities in the area.

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Bug Spray, Food for visiting communities.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Fish freshly caught from the river (by you or local fishermen). Guanta or Watusa (local wild game)

Drink[edit][add listing]

Chicha - Traditional Shuar fermented Cassava drink

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Two 'hospidajes', one of which offers private bath and one shared. Don't expect much more than a room, a mosquito net, and a bed (and lovely hospitality if you speak spanish). Both are across from the Municipal Government Offices (Frente a la casa parroquia)

Mercedes Ramos ($5 per person, shared bathroom): (+593) 073058642 Aida de Pesantes ($6 per person, private bathroom, or $5 pp shared)


Get out[edit]

The same way you came in (ask around, almost everyone knows the bus schedule). Or, if you have time, money, and a really adventurous spirit, try to catch a boat downstream into Peru.

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