Welcome to Vía Auca
This unfortunately named road ('auca' means 'savage' in Kichwa) from Coca crosses the Río Napo and continues south across Río Tiputini and Río Shiripuno, ending near the small community of Tiguino on Río Tiguino. The area used to be Huaorani territory and virgin jungle, but when this oil-exploration road was built in the 1980s, the Huaorani were pushed out. The area is being colonized, and cattle ranches and oil rigs are replacing the jungle in spite of conservationist efforts.
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