PUYO: THE DESIG­NS OF THE FOG

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It is about three hundred ki­lo­me­ters betwe­en Qui­to, the ca­pi­tal of the Re­pu­blic of Ecu­a­dor, and the city of Puyo, in the heart of the Ama­zon, a na­tu­ral pa­ra­di­se lost among na­tu­re, a ca­su­al dis­co­very of the Spa­nish con­quis­ta­dors in the six­te­enth cen­tury, whi­le they we­re going after the le­gend of the El Do­ra­do of the In­ca Em­pi­re, or in the pur­suit of fin­ding, at le­ast, the country of cin­na­mon.

With the ini­ti­al and of­fi­ci­al na­me of Nu­es­tra Seño­ra del Ro­sa­rio de Pom­peya del Puyo, it is the he­ad town of the Pas­ta­za can­ton and the ca­pi­tal of the na­me­sake pro­vin­ce, in the cen­ter-west of the Ama­zo­ni­an re­gi­on of Ecu­a­dor, at an al­ti­tu­de of ni­ne hundred and thirty me­ters abo­ve sea le­vel and with a tro­pi­cal rainy cli­ma­te of twenty de­gre­es Cel­sius on ave­ra­ge.

Its ori­gi­nal na­me co­mes from the Qu­ec­hua lan­gua­ge, from the word puyu, which me­ans mist. It was of­fi­ci­ally foun­ded on May 12, 1899 by the Do­mi­ni­can mis­si­o­nary Fray Ál­va­ro Va­lla­da­res and ni­ne na­ti­ve Ca­ne­los, among ot­her dis­tin­guis­hed per­so­na­li­ti­es of the ti­me.

The Spa­ni­ards, as a re­sult of their se­arch for both gold and cin­na­mon, dis­co­ve­red the Ama­zon Ri­ver in Fe­bru­ary 1542.

The­re are many tou­rist op­ti­ons that Puyo has, from exo­tic ani­mal bre­e­ding si­tes, con­ser­va­ti­on cen­ters for me­di­ci­nal plants, to vi­sits to in­di­ge­nous com­mu­ni­ti­es, whe­re ti­me se­ems to ha­ve stop­ped be­fo­re the ar­ri­val of Eu­ro­pe­ans. To get the­re, you ha­ve to take rou­tes ai­ded by na­ti­ve gui­des, overflying on small pla­nes, or cy­cling through the in­tri­ca­te ro­ads through ri­vers and moun­tains.

On the ot­her hand, the­re are the at­trac­ti­ons of the city, such as mu­seums, theme parks, sus­pen­si­on brid­ges, vi­ew­points, ar­ti­fi­ci­al wa­ve po­ols, the de­ve­lop­ment of the so-ca­lled ad­ven­tu­re tou­rism, and even sports fis­hing in the ri­vers of the Ama­zon re­gi­on.

I am here still a litt­le ama­zed and al­so with the ho­pe to help, with com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and jour­na­lism, for the de­ve­lop­ment of tou­rism, go­od re­a­ding ha­bits and ca­ring for na­tu­re. That is why I de­cla­re that I am neit­her a con­que­ror nor a mis­si­o­nary.

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