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Getting There & Away

The lagoon can be explored independently, although you'll have to rely on a bit of luck to find a fairly priced boat operator when you need one. Hire a local canoe where the Río Pañayacu meets the Río Napo, which can be reached by a Nuevo Rocafuerte-bound boat from Coca.

Pañacocha is four to five hours downstream from Coca (depending on your motor), or about halfway to Nuevo Rocafuerte.