Foothills

The eastern foothills of the Andes are the western boundary of Oriente. Here, where the jungle meets the mountains, are Tena and Puyo, capitals of the provinces of Napo and Pastaza, respectively. Much of the surrounding countryside has been turned into pastureland and primary rainforest is scarce, but this area is nonetheless of interest to visitors. There is convenient road access from highland tourist centres such as Quito and Baños, and enough forest fragments remain to offer an introduction for those tight on time or money. Among the region's many attractions: Baeza is the gateway to Cascada San Rafael, Ecuador's largest waterfall; whitewater rafting and ethno-tourism flourish around Tena; Misahuallí provides access to the upper Río Napo; and Puyo is surrounded by several small private nature reserves.

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