Waterfall in Baeza & Around

San Rafael Falls

Beyond El Chaco you’ll pass thick patches of cloud forest harboring strange species of birds and plants. San Rafael Falls and a sash of Río Quijos can be glimpsed from the road. The entrance fee is steep, but visito…
Cave in Cotundo & Archidona

Cuevas de Jumandí

About 4km north of Archidona, you’ll find Cuevas de Jumandí. This cave system, the best known in the area, has three main branches that remain partly unexplored. Forgo the sketchy waterslides that dump into a river-…
Park in Puyo

Parque Omaere

Less than 1km north of the city center, this ethno-botanical park offers one- to two-hour guided tours (free with admission) of rainforest plants and indigenous dwellings, by mostly indigenous guides. The park is ru…
Gardens in Puyo

Jardín Botáncio 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…
in Puyo

Museo Etnoarqueológico

The Museo Etnoarqueológico has ceramics, artifacts and an excellent map showing distribution of native populations.
in The Oriente

El Arca Rescue Center

Outside of the town of Cotundo, the El Arca Rescue Center houses a myriad rehabilitated animals in well-kept cages. Walk with a guide on the winding pathway to see hawks, parrots, anacondas, turtles, caiman and monk…
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 $2, guides lead four-hour walks into the…
in Puyo

Museo Etnográfico Huaorani

The new Museo Etnográfico Huaorani has a small exhibit and guided tour. Perhaps more engaging than the artifacts themselves is the Huaorani’s take of their culture and problems.
Zoo in Tena

Parque Amazónico

Take that snazzy new footbridge part-way across the river to this 27-hectare island. There’s a self-guided trail whisking you passed labeled local plants and animal enclosures, including those of tapirs and monkeys.…
Park in Sucúa

Parque Botánico

Parque Botánico, 3km southeast of central Sucúa, has a brand-new visitor interpretation center, a restaurant, a well-kept orquidiario (orchid farm) and paths through subtropical forest. Taxis from the center of Suc…