Flights fill up fast with jungle-lodge guests and oil workers traveling home for the weekend; book early. If you can’t get a ticket, go to the airport and get on a waiting list in the hope of cancellations, which are frequent because tour companies book more seats than they can use.
TAME has daily flights between Quito and Lago Agrio.
The airport is about 3km east of Lago Agrio; taxis there (yellow or white pickup trucks) cost about $3.
The Colombian border is less than 20km north of town but it’s best to avoid it. The area is notorious for smugglers and guerrilla activity. The most frequently used route from Lago Agrio is to La Punta (about 1½ hours) on Río San Miguel. Taxi-trucks leave Lago Agrio from the corner of Eloy Alfaro and Avenida Colombia and go to La Punta during the day.
The drive from the jungle into the Andes (and vice versa) is dramatic and beautiful, and worth doing in daylight. The bus terminal, about 2km northwest of Lago Agrio center, has a wide selection of routes and options. In addition, Transportes Putumayo buses go through the jungle towns of Dureno and Tarapoa for travelers wanting access to the Río Aguarico side of the Cuyabeno Reserve – although it's far more rewarding to go with a guided tour. Services run daily and are relatively frequent.
Buses from Lago Agrio