Top things to do in The Northern Oriente

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. Award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chicken…
Top Choice Museum in Coca

MACCO

This excellent archaeological museum of Orellana region's cultural legacy is a must-visit in Coca. Housing exquisitely restored and diverse artifacts from the region – from funereal vases to purely ceremonial axes –…
Top Choice International in Tena

Café Tortuga

Everyone in town seems to drop by this super-popular Swiss-run riverfront joint, whether it’s for the wide choice of breakfasts, delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tortuga is …
Ecuadorian in Puyo

EscoBar

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 Reserva Producción Faunística Cuyabeno

Reserva de Producción Faunística Cuyabeno

This beautiful reserve is a unique flooded rainforest covering 6034 sq km around Río Cuyabeno. Seasonally inundated with water, the flooded forest provides a home to diverse aquatic species and birdlife. Macrolobium…
Park in Parque Nacional Yasuní

Parque Nacional Yasuní

Yasuní is Ecuador’s biggest mainland park at 9820 sq km, boasting all manner of terrain from marshes to rivers to tropical rainforest. A Unesco Biosphere Reserve, it has more than 600 bird species (including harpy e…
Wildlife Reserve in Upper Río Napo

Reserva Biológica Jatun Sacha

This 25-sq-km biological station and rainforest reserve is located on the south shore of the Río Napo, 23km east of Puerto Napo. It is run by Fundación Jatun Sacha, an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization that was form…
Wildlife Reserve in La Punta, Ahuano & Around

AmaZOOnico

You’re guaranteed to see all manner of jungle wildlife at AmaZOOnico, a well-known animal rehabilitation center located on the grounds of Selva Viva, a 17-sq-km reserve of primary forest on Río Arajuno, a narrow tri…
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, indigenous dwellings and ecological waste disposal, by mostly i…
Community in Misahuallí

Comunidad Shiripuno

A couple of kilometers downriver from town is this Shiripuno community, most often visited on tours with Teorumi tour agency. The community tourism project is run mostly by the women of the village, who can perform …