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Twelve Rivers of the Province of Napo have been declared of “Sites of Touristic Interest” by the Ministry of Tourism

Ecuador is the first country to recognize Rights of Nature in its Constitution. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, Rights for Nature articles acknowledge that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles..

The announcement was made during a gathering at the RioQuijos EcoLodge. The Vice Minister of the Branch, Engineer Ricardo Zambrano, delivered the news at the event which also included the mayor of Quijos, the Vice-prefect of the province, councilors of the Quijos and El Chaco cantons and outdoor recreation tourism entrepreneurs.

Of the 12 rivers, three of the rivers – the Quijos, Pappallacta and the Cosanga, are in the Chaco Canton.

With this Declaration, the Ministry of Tourism and the local decentralized autonomous governments will control the activities carried out in these rivers and in the authorized sections, in addition the ministry of the branch will generate programs and projects that promote tourism.

The RioQuijos EcoLodge, based on the banks of the Quijos River, is proud to be part of this important moment in the history of Ecuador, and looks forward to supporting future activities to help promote ecotourism in the Quijos Valley.

Ministry of TOurism