Macas is a jungle city in Ecuador, capital of Morona-Santiago Province. In the time of colonization, it was called Sevilla de Oro, which means Golden Sevilla. Macas is a city that will trap you with the magnificent architecture, simple eateries (huecos), and tremendous kayaking opportunities.
Macas is a place exploited for gold and oil for centuries. Thanks to the indigenous cultures Shuar and Achuar who still live there, the course of history changed in the last decades, although international oil companies are still operating in the area. However, the stunning nature of Macas survived all the turbulent environmental violations, and it is all thanks to the indigenous tribes.
To get to Macas, you need to cross one of the two Rio Pastaza bridges. Once in town, you will be blown away by the gorgeous view of Sangay volcano, the 7th largest in Ecuador and one of the most active ones on the planet.
Macas is a place thriving with vivid flora life, as well as tropical and rare bird species. Toucans, hummingbirds, Red-crested Finch, Slender-billed Kite, Cinnamon Screech-Owl, and other bird types are forming part of the overwhelming natural experience that you won't find anywhere else.
Visiting the Shuar community, heading on a bike tour in the jungle, or hike your way through eight majestic waterfalls, you name it. Macas offers attractive rainforest spots in, worth every sweaty step of the way.
The city can be reached by bus from all the big bus terminal in the country, and the bus fare ranges between 7$ and 12$, depending on your starting destination.
All wildlife lovers can go 4 km (2.5 mi) outside of Macas and visit Huerto de Eden, the animal rescue center where you can see monkeys, birds, jaguars, and enjoy your afternoon with a traditional meal.
Macas is a must-see while in Ecuador, and you can only understand that after living it!
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