Napo Province

Coordinates: 0°59′20″S 77°48′57″W / 0.9890°S 77.8159°W / -0.9890; -77.8159
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Provincia de Napo
Province of Napo
Flag of Napo
Location of Napo Province in Ecuador.
Location of Napo Province in Ecuador.
Cantons of Napo Province
Cantons of Napo Province
Coordinates: 0°59′20″S 77°48′57″W / 0.9890°S 77.8159°W / -0.9890; -77.8159
EstablishedOctober 22, 1959.
CantonsList of Cantons
 • Provincial PrefectJosé Toapanta
 • Province12,513 km2 (4,831 sq mi)
 (2022 census)[1]
 • Province131,675
 • Density11/km2 (27/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (ECT)
Vehicle registrationN
HDI (2017)0.731[2]
high · 11th

Napo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈnapo]) is a province in Ecuador. Its capital is Tena. The province contains the Napo River. The province is low developed without much industrial presence. The thick rainforest is home to many natives that remain isolated by preference, descendants of those who fled the Spanish invasion in the Andes, and the Incas years before. In 2000, the province was the sole remaining majority-indigenous province of Ecuador, with 56.3% of the province either claiming indigenous identity or speaking an indigenous language.[3]

This province is one of the many located in Ecuador's section of the Amazon Rainforest.

In Napo province are also Antisana Ecological Reserve, Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park, and Limoncocha National Biological Reserve.


Ethnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010:[4]


The province is divided into five cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the 2001 census, its area in square kilometres (km2), and the name of the canton seat or capital.[5]

Canton Pop. (2001) Area (km2) Seat/Capital
Archidona 18,551 3,029 Archidona
Carlos Julio Arosemena Tola 2,943 501 Carlos Julio Arosemena Tola
El Chaco 6,133 3,473 El Chaco
Quijos 5,505 1,577 Baeza
Tena 46,007 3,904 Tena

See also


  1. ^ Population and area of Napo Province
  2. ^ Villalba, Juan. "Human Development Index in Ecuador". Scribd (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ "Informe Social 2003. Retrieved July 30, 2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 10, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Resultados" (PDF).
  5. ^ Cantons of Ecuador. Retrieved 4 November 2009.

Further reading

  • Juncosa, Jose E. (ed.) (1997). Viajes por el Napo: cartas de un misionero (1924-1930). Quito: Abya-Yala. ISBN 9978042601