Macas, the capital of Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador

Macas is the capital of Morona Santiago province in southeastern Ecuador Macas lies in the Upano Valley overlooking the Upano river. Founded by the spanish in 1538 it was originally called Sevilla del Oro, but ´refounded´ Macas in 1599.

View of the Upano River from the roof of the Cathedral.

The city has a population of around 14,000 inhabitants and along with Tena and Puyo serves as one of Ecuador’s main staging points for the colonization of the Amazon and the subjugation of its indigenous people. Plenty of tourist activities are available here. The Sangay Volcano provides  and trekking. The communities of Shuar and Macabea live close by. You can visit these communities to get an insiders view of life.

The active and mighty Sangay volcano overlooks the city with an altitude of 5230 masl.

The Sangay Volcano, showing it´s might.

The name of the city comes from the Macas tribe, the Cañari, who alongside the Huamboyas were the first to establish a friendship with the Spaniards.

There is a small but delightful park, along with butterfly garden and orchid garden. The sounds of the jungle are prominent here.

The inside of the Cathedral is stunning, the windows are all stained glass and each one tells a story.

Macas is around 1,070 masl, but still in the Amazon Region, the climate is not too hot and not too cold.

The ´Nuestra Señora Purísima de Macas´overlooks the city, every year a peregrination takes place.  The original Virgin is in the Cathedral.

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