Puyo, Pastaza

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Puyo
City
Puyo
Skyline of Puyo
Flag of Puyo
Flag
Coat of arms of Puyo
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Ciudad de Nieblina (City of the Clouds)
Puyo is located in Ecuador
Puyo
Puyo
Coordinates: 01°4′00″S 78°00′04″W / 1.06667°S 78.00111°W / -1.06667; -78.00111Coordinates: 01°4′00″S 78°00′04″W / 1.06667°S 78.00111°W / -1.06667; -78.00111
Country Ecuador
Province Pastaza Province
Canton Pastaza Canton
Foundation November 10, 1899
Founded by Unnamed Catholic priest
Named for Puyu, meaning "clouds" in Quichua
Government
 • Type Mayor and council
 • Governing body Municipality of Puyo
 • Mayor German Flores Meza
 • City council
Area
 • City 87.67 km2 (33.85 sq mi)
Elevation 950 m (3,116 ft)
Population (2010 census)
 • City 36,659
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
 • Metro 62,016
 • Demonym Puyense
Time zone ECT (UTC-5)
Postal code EC160150
Area code(s) (+593) 4
Website www.puyo.gob.ec (Spanish)

Puyo, also known as El Puyo, is the capital of Pastaza, a province in Ecuador. Puyo is located at an altitude of approximately 950 AMSL by the Puyo River, a tributary of the Pastaza River, which eventually leads into the Amazon River. True to its name, derived from the Kichwa word for "cloudy", the local climate is a wet one and the weather is often overcast.[1]

The main street of Puyo, c. 1900

Puyo was founded in 1899. Located between Baños, and the Amazonian cities of Tena and Macas, Puyo is the commercial, cultural and political capital of the region. The city is connected by road to Ambato, Tena, and Macas and from there to the major urban areas of Ecuador. In late 2006, the city had approximately 25,000 inhabitants. It was the fastest growing city in Ecuador in 2006.[citation needed] The seasonal changes in the climate are relatively small, and daytime temperature typically range between 18-24 °C, with sun and generally short, but heavy periods of rain daily.

A small airport is located in the small town of Shell, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north-west of Puyo. Small aircraft, both private and commercial, depart daily to small airstrips in the Amazon Rainforest, and occasionally to Quito in the case of severe medical emergencies.

The Puyo Carnaval, a famous Ecuadorian holiday, is celebrated each year in the days leading up to Lent. The custom is to have small neighbourhood parties, and water fights are sometimes involved. Other major holidays are the Day of the Ecuadorian East Amazon on February 12, and the chonta-palm festival.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Puyo
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) 21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20.8
(69.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 308
(12.13)
329
(12.95)
406
(15.98)
480
(18.9)
398
(15.67)
437
(17.2)
339
(13.35)
304
(11.97)
330
(12.99)
369
(14.53)
339
(13.35)
321
(12.64)
4,360
(171.66)
Avg. precipitation days 21 20 23 23 24 24 22 21 21 22 22 22 265
Source: The Weather Network [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry Ades and Melissa Graham, "The Rough Guide to Ecuador" (3rd edition), Rough Guides publishing, January 2007
  2. ^ "Climate Statistics for Puyo (El Puyo), Ecuador". Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  • Puyo - enjoyecuador.net. Accessed 2008-04-03.
  • Puyo - thebestofecuador.com. Accessed 2008-04-03.
  • Population Of Puyo. Accessed 2008-04-03.

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