Puerto Francisco de Orellana

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Puerto Francisco de Orellana
(Coca)
Rio Napo in Francisco de Orellana.jpg
Flag of Puerto Francisco de Orellana
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Official seal of Puerto Francisco de Orellana
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Puerto Francisco de Orellana is located in Ecuador
Puerto Francisco de Orellana
Puerto Francisco de Orellana
Coordinates: 00°27′45″S 76°59′03″W / 0.46250°S 76.98417°W / -0.46250; -76.98417Coordinates: 00°27′45″S 76°59′03″W / 0.46250°S 76.98417°W / -0.46250; -76.98417[1]
Country Ecuador
Province Orellana
Canton Puerto Francisco de Orellana
Elevation 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 48,144
Demonym Orellanese
Time zone ECT
Area code(s) (+593) 6
Website www.orellana.gob.ec (Spanish)

Puerto Francisco de Orellana, also known as Coca, is the capital of province of Orellana in eastern Ecuador. The city is located in the Amazon Rainforest at the confluence of the Coca River and the Napo River. It has a population of 30,300 inhabitants as of 2010.[2] It is visited by tourists going into the Amazonian forest and is served by the Francisco de Orellana Airport.

The city is named for Francisco de Orellana, who explored the confluence of the Coca River and the Napo River. It is believed that he set sail from the current location of the town eventually making his way into the Amazon River seeing the "Amazon" or tribes in which the women also fought. Eventually Francisco de Orellana made it to the Atlantic. He made a second expedition leaving but died on the Amazon delta unable to find a way through.

Also in this city is located the 19TH "NAPO" JUNGLE BRIGADE (Army of Ecuador), which develops military courses as "Selva", "Tigres", "Reconocimiento de Largo Alcance", "Operaciones Rivereñas" and "Operaciones de Asalto aéreo".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Orellana, Ecuador at GEOnet Names Server. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. ^ citypopulation.de"[1]"