Southern Oriente

Stretching south of the Río Pastaza, the southern Oriente is made up of the provinces of Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe. This is a less-developed region and, although tourism is only just getting started, it has a great deal to offer. The area has maintained its natural and cultural integrity in part because of the traditionally determined - at times hostile - attitude of the Shuar and Achuar people who live here, and also due to the lack of petroleum development to date, although mining poses a hazard. The signing of a peace treaty in 1998 between Ecuador and Peru over their long-disputed border helped to introduce tourism to the region. There is a great deal to explore here, but all visitors to virgin territory should remember that they have an especially important obligation to be responsible tourists in this region .

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