Helen Pugh

Oct 19, 2021

4 min read

Museum of the Vanished

A review of a museum in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region

The 4-hour bus journey from Tena had spectacular, panoramic views of dense rainforest juxtaposed with hellish monstrosities in the form of oil drilling stations with their constant fiery chimneys. Our destination was the Ecuadorian Amazon city of Coca (also known as Francisco de Orellana) and the reason was to take my sons to their first ever museum.

Named the Archaeological Museum and Cultural Centre of Orellana (or MACCO for its Spanish acronym), the small museum is housed in a large and impressive modern…