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Getting there & away




For most departures it isn’t necessary to go to the bus terminal at the north end of town, but still check where to board your bus at purchase time.

Transportes Baños (288 0182; cnr Napo & Bolívar) has several buses daily to Quito ($10, eight to 10 hours). The trip by Vía Loreto is fastest. Transportes Esmeraldas (288 1077; cnr Napo & Cuenca) has two night buses to Quito. Both companies have buses to Lago Agrio ($3, two hours). Transportes Zacaray (288 0286; cnr Napo & Bolívar) heads daily to Guayaquil ($16, 16 hours). El Dorado goes to Tena ($6, six hours), continuing to Puyo ($7, nine hours). Coop Trans Loja (288 0272; cnr Cuenca & Amazonas) goes to Machala ($20, 22 hours) and Loja ($25, 27 hours).

At the bus terminal, 500m north of town, Transportes Jumandy has several buses a day to Tena. Transportes Loja, at the terminal, has evening departures to Santo Domingo, Quevedo, Babahoyo, Machala and Loja. Transportes Interprovinciales de Coca, at the bus terminal and on Alejandro Labaka, has buses that go south to Río Tiguino.

Open-sided trucks called rancheras or chivas leave from the terminal for various destinations between Coca and Lago Agrio, and to Río Tiputini to the south. Pickup trucks and taxis at Cooperativa Camionetas Río Napo (Eloy Alfaro) provide service in town and out.

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Travelers arriving and departing by river must register their passport at the capitanía (port captain), by the landing dock. If you’re on a tour, your guide usually takes care of this.

Passenger canoe service to Misahuallí was suspended with the Tena–Coca road completion. You could hire a private canoe (for 10 or more people) to Misahuallí for about $250. The upriver trip can take up to 14 hours, depending on water level (it’s only six coming the other direction).

Coop de Transportes Fluviales Orellana (288 0087; Chimborazo at docks; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 2:30-6pm Sun) offers an upriver passenger service in a covered 60-passenger canoe. Buy your ticket early. It departs Monday and Thursday at 8am for Nuevo Rocafuerte ($15, nine hours) on the Peruvian border. It returns to Coca, departing Nuevo Rocafuerte at 5am on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. (The upstream trip is 12 to 14 hours). Although there’s usually a stop for lunch, be sure to bring food and water for the long trip. Canoes with an 18-passenger capacity can be rented for $60 per hour.

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The airport terminal is almost 2km north of town on the left-hand side of the road to Lago Agrio. A 10-minute taxi ride there costs about $1.

TAME (288 1078; cnr Napo & Rocafuerte; 7:30am-7pm Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm Sun) flies from Quito to Coca 9:35am on Monday through Saturday, departing at 10:35am. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday flights from Quito leave at 2pm and return from Coca at 3pm. The 30-minute flight costs $43.

Icaro (288 0997, 288 0546; www.icaro.com.ec) flies to Coca three times per day and once on Sundays at 2:30pm. The office is in Hostería La Misión.

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