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Pastaza

The Pastaza (the ancient river Sumatara) is a large tributary to the Amazon River. It rises on the Ecuadorian tableland, where a branch from the valley of Riobamba[?] unites with one from the Latacunga[?] basin and breaks through the inland range of the Andes; and joined, afterwards, by several important tributaries, finds its way south-east among the gorges; thence it turns southward into the plains, and enters the Amazon at a point about 60 miles west of the mouth of the Huallaga. So far as known, it is a stream of no value except for canoe navigation. Its rise and fall are rapid and uncertain, and it is shallow and full of sandbanks and snags. It is a terrible river when in flood.



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