Top things to do

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…
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 its wide choice of breakfasts, its delicious batidos (fruit shakes) or its range of salads, sandwiches and cakes. Tor…
Wildlife Reserve in Upper Río Napo

Reserva Biológica Jatun Sacha

This 2500-hectare 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, which wa…
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…
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-…
Ecuadorian in Puyo

Escobar

Time will tell if Escobar is too much, too soon for Puyo. With panache to punch its weight in Quito's coolest neighborhoods, Escobar makes palapas (rustic, palm-thatched dwellings) seem chic. Sample Ecuadorian micro…
Ecuadorian in Macas

La Maravilla

Easily the most charming place in town, this blue casita is all ambience, from the twinkling porch lights to the stuffed red-leather armchairs. Come to chill with tablas (cutting-boards) of meat and cheese and yuca …
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…
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.…