A growing tourist town in the Amazon region, Tena Ecuador is a beautiful place. Again I'm way biased, because I've lived here for years. Tena has lots to offer. It is located southeast of Quito, to the east of the Andes.
Most tourist come to Tena for white water rafting and jungle tours.
The beauty of the rain forest can be observed without too much concern for jungle diseases like malaria or yellow fever.
I'm not saying it's impossible to get these sicknesses in Tena and surrounding areas, but due to it's location your risks are lower. The mosquito problem of other areas is significantly less in Tena. Thus the drop in mosquito transmitted diseases. Precautions should still be taken, especially if you're planning a trip into the jungle.
In February the Rio Napo festival is held. With lots of kayak and rafting displays, it's a fun time to be in town. (Update 2012: For the last few years the participation of most river companies has halted as part of a protest against the mistreatment of the rivers. Mining, beaches stripped of sand and vegetation, and pollution have many concerned about the long term health of the river system.)
November 15th is the Fiestas of Tena. There are parades and different cultural shows celebrating the history of the city.
If you make it to Tena, don't miss the best part: rafting! You can combine the jungle tour and rafting in one as you float through amazing jungle backdrops. The various rivers in the area mean something for all experience levels.
Various jungle tours leave from Tena. Eco-lodges and other conservation efforts are located a short distance from Tena.
Try a fresh glass of the newest super-drink grown right in the Tena area: Guayusa Tea.
Be prepared for afternoon and evening rain showers that refresh the area after hot tropical days.
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Visit Laguna Azul to enjoy beautiful natural swimming pools surrounded by jungle. A must see spot just outside of Tena!
Check out my restaurant guide for great places to eat while in Tena.
Visit El Arca, a cute zoo just outside of Archidona.
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