Welcome to Macará & the Peruvian Border
At the bottom of all this is anti-climactic Macará – a sleepy border town, although fairly innocuous as such places go. Surrounded by terraced rice fields, it’s infested with crickets that jump about the streets and hotel rooms. If you’re entering Ecuador through here, don’t worry, it gets better heading north.
The hallmark tree of the surrounding arid forest is the ceiba (kapok). It stands out majestically – and sadly – with its green-tinted, swollen trunks and gnarly, usually leafless branches on hillsides that have been logged and grazed. In these barren areas, the lonely giants have been spared the chainsaw because they are mostly hollow and of little utilitarian value.