The city of Puyo known as “Heart of the Amazon” is the largest canton in the country with 9800 square kilometers. It has become the most tourist canton of the Amazon. Puyo is known as a commercial place. The activity in the streets starts from very early and ends almost at midnight. The main roads are full of warehouses of all kinds. The landscape and natural beauty of Pastaza’s charms, provide the best options to visitors and scientists who wish to know the impressive vegetation, fauna, immense rivers, waterfalls and other fascinating places in eastern Ecuador.
The name of the city is because it is located on the banks of the Puyo River. In turn, Puyo comes from the word puyu which means haze in quichua. Located on the outer flanks of the eastern mountain range of the Andes, in the Amazon Region of Ecuador, in the west of the Pastaza province; approximately one hour from Baños on a road of very good quality. It is located 924 m. above sea level, at a latitude of 0 ° 59 ‘-1 “S and at a longitude of 77 ° 49’ 0” W. Puyo is a small city that in recent years has significantly increased its tourist offer with special emphasis on Ecological and adventure activities. It has a great hydrological richness to its surroundings, in addition the river Puyo runs east of the city.
The geography of Puyo is characterized by its central position in the Amazon Region of Ecuador. The city is located on the outer flanks of the eastern Andes mountain range, west of the Pastaza province; approximately one hour from Baños on a road of very good quality. It is located at 940 m above sea level, at a latitude of 0 ° 59 ‘-1 “S and at a longitude of 77 ° 49’ 0” W. Puyo is a small city that in recent years has significantly increased its offer tourist with special emphasis on ecological and adventure activities. It has a great hydrological richness to its surroundings, in addition the Puyo river runs east of the city and the Pambay river crosses the northern neighborhoods, flowing into the Puyo river at the height of the viewpoint of the tourist promenade. The Pindo river arrives from the west and runs through some neighborhoods, directing its course to the Tarqui parish.
Puyo has a tropical monsoon climate (Am in the Köppen climate classification), Throughout the year it has constant rainfall so there is no well-defined dry season, and it has temperatures ranging from 15 ° C to 32 ° C. The average annual temperature is 20 ° C. Because the seasons of the year are not sensitive in the equatorial zone, it has only two seasons.
Due to the proximity to the equator, the heat is constant in the local climate. There are no cold days during winter. It has a rainy winter, which arrives in October and ends in May, with March and April tending to include the wettest weather. Summer offers a very different climate. Although July and August are the driest months, some periods of downpours remain. Sunny days and good weather are usual and temperatures are higher.
Agricultural production is typical of the subtropical and tropical climate: Naranjilla, sweet potato, cassava, lemon, tangerine, coffee, sugar cane, corn. The richness of variety in afforestation is great, for its humid zone among the main ones are: cedar, cinnamon, bay leaf, mahogany, wood furniture making and joinery.
It can be seen; mount turkeys, partridges, blue-headed lora, cutupaccchus, turtledoves, tangaras, hummingbirds, eagles, butterflies of the genus Morpho, mammals such as; tigrillo, sahino, deer, armadillo, guanta, guatusa, raposa, reptiles; Boa, pitalala, chonta and motolo.