Rivers and their formidable attractions represent the main draw to the region. White-water enthusiasts will find hostals (small, reasonably-priced hotels, not youth hostels) and river lodges aplenty, while wildlife-watchers ride canoes downriver to jungle lodges deep in Amazonía. While it's usually easy enough to travel on the fly in more developed areas of the Oriente, it's imperative to book in advance at jungle lodges.
Unique to the Oriente are the jungle specialties that have seeped into this region's foodscape. Rainforest bounty includes steamed or baked yuca (cassava), grilled white cacao beans, grubs (the brave might sample them live), chicha (a fermented corn or yuca drink) and maitos (fish grilled in palm leaves). Maitos can be found in most towns, usually steamed together with plantains or yuca, making a healthy and deliciously filling meal.