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Top Choice Ecuadorian in Puyo

El Jardín

The best food in the Oriente may be at this ambient house by the river inside the charming hotel of the same name, 1km north of town. The award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chi…
Park in Puyo

Parque Etnobotánico Omaere

Less than 1km north of the city center, this ethnobotanical park offers one- to two-hour guided tours (included in admission fee) of rainforest plants and indigenous dwellings, by mostly indigenous guides. The park …
Ecuadorian in Puyo


With panache to punch its weight in Quito's coolest neighborhoods, EscoBar makes palapas (rustic, palm-thatched dwellings) seem chic. Sample Ecuadorian microbrews, cocktails and a menu of patacones (fried bananas), …
Park in Puyo

Paseo de los Monos

At Paseo de los Monos you can see a variety of rescued animals, including six kinds of monkeys, turtles and birds. Some animals are caged, while others run free. For an extra fee, guides lead four-hour walks into th…
International in Puyo

El Fariseo

It may not look like much, but this cafe boasts one of the Oriente's few espresso machines – and knows how to use it. They serve up surprisingly delicious fare, including a very tasty churrasco (steak served with a …
Gardens in Puyo

Jardín Botánico las Orquídeas

Visitors rave about this privately run botanical garden, located 15 minutes south from Puyo on the road to Macas. Enthusiastic owner Omar Taeyu guides visitors through hills of lush foliage and fish ponds to see gor…
Volcano in Puyo

Volcán El Altar

Early risers may see the jagged white teeth of Volcán El Altar (5319m), the fifth-highest mountain in Ecuador, about 50km southwest. On clear days look southwest to see Volcán Sangay (5230m).
Museum in Puyo

Museo Etnoarqueológico

Puyo's tiny Museo Etnoarqueológico has ceramics, artifacts, models of various traditional indigenous homes and an excellent map showing the distribution of native populations.
Arts & Crafts in Puyo


Sells artisanal crafts made by Waorani women, including jewelry, spears, hammocks, blowguns and palm string bags. Artisans receive a portion of every sale.
Cultural in Puyo

Fiestas de Fundación de Puyo

This week-long celebration of Puyo’s founding takes place in early May.