Misahualli is located in Ecuador's Oriente.
Misahualli is a small town/village aprox. 20km west of Tena and a good starting point for jungle-tours.
There are frequent buses leaving just across the street of Tena's "Terminal Terrestre" during day-time.
- The groups of monkeys visiting the town and "going shopping" around Parque Central. They are quite curious, so keep your bags closed and your belongings away from the reach of their hands or you might find your camera up in the trees or on a roof. Don't tease them.
- Butterfly farm ("mariposarium"): Heading aprox 500m from the Parque Central in direction to Tena you'll find the butterfly farm on the right near the town's college. There you'll see, how butterflies grow from eggs, via caterpillars and pupa till they finally hatch as butterflies and fly around.
- Latas Waterfall ("Cascada del Río Latas"): Approx. 8 km out of town (in the direction of Tena). On the intersection of the main road and the trail to the waterfall you'll see a big sign saying 'Camino del Cascada'. The trek leads for about an hour upstream and is not very hard to find or walk upon. Once on the Waterfall, there is even a spot to dip in the water and have a swim. Altogether a cheap and nice way to spend a day. All arrangeable by yourself.
Misahualli is a good place to start a jungle-tour. There are several guides around Parque Central.
- Some general remarks regarding jungle-tours:
- The guides will provide you with rubber-boots, so no need to bring your own (heavy) trecking-shoes. Walk a few hundred meters with the rubber-boots to make sure they fit.
- A "normal" tropical rain is rather like a heavy rain in Central Europe but will last much longer. So make sure your rain-gear (e.g. Poncho) is good. It is also a good idea to have your dry clothes packed in plastic bags inside your back-pack.
- If there is no rain, you'll sweat, so bring enough water and clothes for changing as well.
- Bring a torch
- Make sure all you want is included before paying aprox 50% before you start (and the rest after the tour is over)
- Ecoselva, (The small office is on the left side of parque central (when coming from Tena)), ☎ +593 62890019 / mob: +593 998150532. Run by Pepe Tapia Gonzales since >20 years. There are tours available from 1 to many days. Learn a lot about the plants of the rain-forest and how they can be used as spices, material for weaving baskets, medicinal plants, etc. For the more adventurous there is rafting, tubing, etc. available also. A two day tour can consist of: * driving a few kms into the jungle, then walking aprox. 5h through secondary (plants are grown within the forest) and primary (unmodified) rainforest. There'll be many stops where you learn about insects and plants and how to use them. The night is passed in a simple but clean Cabana which has moskito-nets next to Rio Arajuno. There are common toilets and a shower. You can relax in hammocks, play volleyball, try the blowtube, swim in the nearby river, ... or help the guide preparing dinner. There is a night-walk into the jungle - more to listen than to see. On the second day you learn about plants grown in the jungle by the local people. In the afternoon there is a boat-ride down the river which gives you one more different view on the jungle. USD45,-/person/day (2013).
There are some "supermarkets" around "Parque Central" where you can get food, plastic bags, (electric) torches. Haven't found good rain-gear there.
There are several "Hostales" in Misahualli and Jungle lodges around town.
- Banana Lodge, (by the riverside), ☎ +593 62 890 190 o +593 (0)99 888 5169. comfortable rooms, cabins, economic prices.
- Hostal Shaw, (At Parque Central), ☎ +593 62 89 01 63 / mob: +593 99 70 12 91 1. Clean and friendly hostal with moskito-nets at the window. USD8,-/pers/night (2013).