Best hotels and hostels in The Oriente

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lower Río Napo

    Sacha Lodge

    Enjoying a spectacular setting on the inland lake of Pilchecocha (Laguna El Pilche), a short hike and canoe ride from the Río Napo, Sacha Lodge is one of Ecuador’s best jungle lodges. Opened in 1992, this Swiss-run place has never rested on its laurels and offers one of the most luxurious rainforest experiences possible.

  • Lodging in Lower Río Napo

    Napo Wildlife Center

    As the lodge most ensconced within Parque Nacional Yasuní, the sumptuous Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) enjoys a pristine setting with rarely paralleled access to wildlife. This ecotourism project is 100% owned by Añangu’s Kichwa community; they make up almost the entire lodge staff.

  • Lodging in Lower Río Napo

    La Selva Jungle Lodge

    The lower Napo's oldest lodge, Norwegian-Ecuadorian–owned La Selva Jungle Lodge stands on Laguna Garzacocha. Following a refurbishment, the new-look accommodations are in light, airy, elegant suites, making this absolutely top-end. Spacious (20 sq meter) rooms feature beautiful king-size beds, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, extensive closets, luxury bathrooms and either private porches or balconies with lake views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Papallacta

    Hotel Termas de Papallacta

    Most visitors to Papallacta stay at this supremely comfortable yet totally unpretentious resort – a great way to experience the thermal baths in style. All accommodations are done beautifully in wood paneling: cabins can be thatched, adobe numbers or sumptuous two-floor affairs with ceramic fireplaces, surrounding hot pools for guest use only. There’s a good restaurant and a sumptuous spa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in La Punta, Ahuano & Around

    Anaconda Lodge

    Run by the warmly welcoming Chilean-Colombian couple Francisco and Silvia, Anaconda Lodge is their jungle lodge dream come true. Screened wooden cabins on stilts are set within neat garden environs, with an open-air restaurant serving as social hub. Visiting their neighboring Kichwa community, wildlife-watching in the jungle, rafting and tubing are all on the agenda on this tranquil Napo island.

  • Lodging in Reserva Producción Faunística Cuyabeno

    Jamu Lodge

    Squirrel monkeys cavort above the walkways at highly rated Jamu lodge, where the jungle feels close at hand. Dugout-canoe trips, walks through swamps knee-deep in mud to spot the likes of anacondas and pink river dolphins, swims in lagoons and memorable nighttime excursions all contribute to a vivid wilderness experience.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Macas

    Casa Upano B&B

    Perhaps this is an inkling of what Macas' future could hold: a serene retreat for travelers tucked away from the city mayhem. Four balconied rooms look out on a huge fruit-tree-dotted garden that falls away toward the Río Upano. The English-speaking owners rustle up a scrumptious breakfast with superlocal ingredients (ie from their garden or a nearby house).

  • Lodging in Reserva Producción Faunística Cuyabeno

    Cuyabeno Lodge

    This highly recommended place is run in close cooperation with the local Siona people. Thatched huts and towers with hot-water bathrooms and solar electricity are spread over its hillside location (which is never inundated). Upgraded tower rooms are more spacious and have private balconies. Bilingual naturalist guides get top reviews from guests.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tena

    Hostal Pakay

    Ecofriendly Hostal Pakay is surrounded by woodland, and a stay here is more like a jungle lodge experience than a town hostel experience. Wooden rooms are clean and tidy (with private or shared eco-toilets), kayakers and backpackers love the chill-out terrace, and the on-site tour agency is increasingly renowned. Much of the breakfast fruit is grown in the lush grounds.

  • Lodging in Lower Río Napo

    Sani Lodge

    Owned by the local Sani community, Sani Lodge is one of the lower-priced options around, but unlike other economy lodges, it’s located very deep in the rainforest, enjoying one of the most beautiful locations of any lodge in Ecuador.

  • Lodging in The Southern Oriente

    Kapawi

    Located in the heart of Achuar wilderness, in one of the most remote parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Kapawi offers a pristine, ecologically and culturally sound experience. Many outfits claim similar practices, but few execute like this. The lodge has received many accolades for its approach and is operated and run exclusively by the Achuar.

  • Lodging in Lower Río Napo

    Yarina Ecolodge

    The Río Manduro meets the Napo an hour downstream from Coca, and a further 10 minutes down this blackwater stream you’ll find Yarina Lodge, a hillside camp of 26 bamboo, thatched-roofed cabañas. Yarina is geared toward budget travelers and doesn’t feel as remote as those camps further downstream, but it provides excellent services and has enthusiastic and professional English-speaking guides.

  • Lodging in Upper Río Napo

    Arajuno Jungle Lodge

    If small and out of the way is your thing, check out former Peace Corps volunteer Thomas Larson’s Arajuno Jungle Lodge, slung on a bend of the Río Arajuno. A handful of hillside cabins are snug and screened and have solar-powered hot water. The thatched main lodge has a sprawling wooden deck and dining area perched over the river.

  • Lodging in Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo Galeras

    Wildsumaco Lodge

    Located 1km south of Pacto Sumaco, the Wildsumaco Lodge makes a good base for climbing Volcán Sumaco. Set on a hilltop with panoramic mountain views, a wooden house with a deck serves as a gathering spot for guests, most of whom come for the birds, a unique mixture of cloud forest, foothill and Amazonian species. Booking ahead is mandatory.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West of Misahualli

    Hamadryade Lodge

    Perched on a hillside a few kilometers upriver of Misahuallí and accessed by the road along the northern shore, this stylish, ecofriendly French-owned jungle lodge departs from the standard look with sleek, contemporary decor. Each private bungalow has a balcony with jungle views; there’s a fantastic pool and lounging area perched over the rolling landscape; traditional massage is also available.

  • Lodging in La Punta, Ahuano & Around

    Liana Lodge

    Each of Liana Lodge's nine cabins has two double rooms, a hot shower and no electricity. The carefree riverside atmosphere revolves around bonfires, walks through the woods and a round bar overlooking the river. Packages include meals, tours (including lessons on making chicha and building a balsa raft) and canoe transport from Puerto Barantilla. Reserve in advance online.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Puyo

    Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge

    On an isolated meander of the Río Bobonaza around 45km south of Puyo, Huella Verde puts even the bigger Yasuní lodges to shame by offering fascinating excursions in equally intact jungle for a fraction of the price: ethnobotanic jungle hikes, chocolate-making and canoe adventures with Kichwa guides (extra charges apply).

  • Lodging in Baeza & Around

    Cabañas San Isidro

    Once a cattle ranch, this 3700-acre nature reserve 15km south of Baeza enjoys a spectacular setting at 2000m. It offers first-class bird-watching; co-owner Mitch Lysinger is one of the top birders in South America. Comfortable cabins have decks with forest views. Full board is an extra $46 per person.

  • Lodging in Parque Nacional Sumaco Napo Galeras

    Reserva Biológica Río Bigal

    Río Bigal welcomes visitors interested in a purely back-to-nature experience (three-night minimum), and those who wish to get their hands dirty in participatory research are also welcome, with a minimum commitment of seven days when opportunities are available. All stays include accommodation, full board, activities, night walks and mule porter for the hike in. Reservations are essential.

  • Lodging in Tena

    Hotel Pumarosa

    Inviting rooms have high wooden ceilings, large armoires and modern white-tiled bathrooms. There is reliable hot water, cable TV, lush gardens and billiards in the open-air lobby. The disco and roller-rink next door mean loud weekend nights, but, on the plus side, guests enjoy free entry. The most intriguing tour possibility is to see the cacao plantations that produce Kallari chocolate.