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Puyo, Ecuador - Things To Do In The Jungle Region

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2011   » View Photoset (38 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I travelled by bus 78kms to Puyo from Tena, it took 2hrs 30mins. I generally find in Ecuador for bus travel it takes 3hrs per 100km. Puyo is a hot and
Ecuador Photo - 30mins drive through the jungle from Pomona near Puyo.
30mins drive through the jungle from Pomona near Puyo.
humid jungle town where the temperature ranges from 17-24 degrees, the altitude is 950m above sea level. The town has 3 principle rivers, Rios Pastaza, Puyo and Bobonaza and a range of native cultures - Kichwa, Andoa, Sapara, Shuar, Achuar, Shiwiar and Waorani. In the center of the city there are several cheap hotels and budget accommodations across the road from the indoor markets.

Things To Do

Things to do and see in the city include the cathedral and park 12 de Mayo, a water park Parque Acuatico, an indigenous center Centro Indigena Nucanchi Allpa, an exotic birds park Parque Real de Aves Exoticas, botanical gardens
Ecuador Photo - A fly on a plant in Pomona garden near Puyo.
A fly on a plant in Pomona garden near Puyo.
Jardin Botanico Las Orquideas, tours of the river, Elno Botanic Park Omaere, museum Museo Elno Arqueologico and some natural pools Dique Rio Pambay. I visited the park 12 de Mayo which is nothing special and the cathedral across the road.

Animals at Parque Real

Parque Real is a place to see exotic birds and other animals. There are monkeys, many types of pigeons, chickens and ducks, an emu, peacocks, orange flamingos, parrots and budgies, a macaw, parakeets and tortoises.

Etnologico Arqueologico Museum

In the city center is the museum Museo Etnologico Arqueologico, it's a single floor displaying all kinds of stuff including pottery, a Maripsario - dead butterflies and spiders in cases, some taxidermy animals - fox, iguana, huge crab and snake. They also have several
Ecuador Photo - A blue and green peacock at Parque Real in Puyo.
A blue and green peacock at Parque Real in Puyo.
life-size jungle huts completely kitted-out with the accessories used for living - baskets, cooking tools, hammocks, animal skins. It's worth a visit and doesn't take too long.

Around the River

Puyo was founded by Fray Alvaro Valladares (1869-1937) on the 12 of May 1899, he was born in Latacunga and died in Banos. There is a rather worn monument to him that I passed by as I walked about 15mins to the tourist area beside the river called Paseo Turistico Rio Puyo, close to Etnobotanico Omaere. It's a nice park area with a lookout tower with great views of the jungle, river and city in the distance. In the park there is a special monument to 7 indigenous woman, Mujer Zapara, Mujer Waodani, Mujer Andoa, Mujer Achuar, Mujer Shiwiar, Mujer Kichwa and Mujer Shuar.

Between Puyo and Macas

I was going to be heading south to
Ecuador Photo - On a bus to a remote place near Puyo called Pomona.
On a bus to a remote place near Puyo called Pomona.
Macas next. There are a whole bunch of things to do between Puyo and there including waterfalls and swimming at Cascada Encanonado del Arco Iris and Cascada Hola Vida, fishing for big fish, arts center, a couple of lookout points - Mirador Altos del Pastaza and Mirador Nuevos Horizontes, botanical gardens Jardin Botanico Jintim and caves Cueva de los Tayos.

Pomona

I left Puyo and got out at the road to Pomona. I thought I would go check out the mirador. A bus finally came along and I travelled about 30mins to Pomona. By the time I got to Pomona I was wondering what I was doing there, it is really remote and there's just a village. Some kids were curious about me and a few people asked what I was doing there. I told them I came to see views of the jungle, which are actually pretty good. Pomona has the Rio Jamdiayacu 5mins away, a little school and stadium, a small blue church with a hand-bell and a few
Ecuador Photo - Pink flower in the sun in Pomona garden near Puyo.
Pink flower in the sun in Pomona garden near Puyo.
colorful flowers. At least I can say I have been to Pomona! I hitched a ride back to the main road with the guy who delivers gas bottles to the locals and waited and waited for a bus to Macas. 2 buses went by. I flagged them down but they didn't stop, they were full.

Hitched a Ride to Macas

After visiting Pomona and after waiting an hour and a half for a bus I hitched a ride in a car to Macas, it takes 3hrs 15mins. The road is paved and in good condition. I don't usually hitch rides in cars but had no choice on this occasion, it was fine.

Distances from Puyo

Distances from Puyo to other cities in Ecuador are as follows: Macas 128kms, Riobamba 156kms, Ambato 102kms, Guaranda 194kms, Coca 254kms, Cuenca 391kms, Zamora 453kms, Guayaquil 353kms, Quito 213kms, Portoviejo 458kms, Santo Domingo 297kms, Ibarra 348kms, Esmeraldas 569kms.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Puyo (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Puyo, Ecuador. Puyo is a hot and humid jungle town where 3 rivers meet! You can see birds and do nature walks in this area. Visit Parque Real to see some exotic birds and other animals!
 A : Banos - Ecuador 45 kms 45 kms straight distance | 1hr 11mins 1hr 11mins by car (59 kms) | 1hr 25mins 1hr 25mins by bus (59 kms) (59 kms)
 B : Tena - Ecuador 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 33mins 1hr 33mins by car (86 kms) | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by bus (86 kms) (86 kms)
 C : Ambato - Ecuador 73 kms 73 kms straight distance | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by car (107 kms) | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by bus (107 kms) (107 kms)
 D : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 45mins by car (136 kms) | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by bus (136 kms) (136 kms)
 E : Macas to Zamora - Ecuador 90 kms 90 kms straight distance | 2hrs 19mins 2hrs 19mins by car (138 kms) | 2hrs 46mins 2hrs 46mins by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 F : Latacunga - Ecuador 89 kms 89 kms straight distance | 2hrs 46mins 2hrs 46mins by car (139 kms) | 3hrs 19mins 3hrs 19mins by bus (139 kms) (139 kms)
 G : Pujili - Ecuador 95 kms 95 kms straight distance | 2hrs 44mins 2hrs 44mins by car (147 kms) | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by bus (147 kms) (147 kms)
 H : Saquisili - Ecuador 104 kms 104 kms straight distance | 3hrs 2mins 3hrs 2mins by car (161 kms) | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by bus (161 kms) (161 kms)
 I : Guaranda - Ecuador 108 kms 108 kms straight distance | 3hrs 42mins 3hrs 42mins by car (194 kms) | 4hrs 26mins 4hrs 26mins by bus (194 kms) (194 kms)
 J : Machachi - Ecuador 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by car (197 kms) | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by bus (197 kms) (197 kms)
 K : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 122 kms 122 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (212 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (212 kms) (212 kms)
 L : Alausi - Ecuador 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 4hrs 5mins 4hrs 5mins by car (226 kms) | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by bus (226 kms) (226 kms)
 M : Quito - Ecuador 153 kms 153 kms straight distance | 4hrs 18mins 4hrs 18mins by car (259 kms) | 5hrs 9mins 5hrs 9mins by bus (259 kms) (259 kms)
 N : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by car (274 kms) | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by bus (274 kms) (274 kms)
 O : Cayambe - Ecuador 170 kms 170 kms straight distance | 5hrs 12mins 5hrs 12mins by car (310 kms) | 6hrs 14mins 6hrs 14mins by bus (310 kms) (310 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Puyo, Ecuador:

Hotel San Luis, Puyo, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hotel San Luis, Puyo, Ecuador (October 2018 - 1 night) - $20 pays for a nice room across the road from the bus terminal in Puyo, the top floor in fact. Private bathroom, wifi, tv etc. Very comfortable indeed with a window that opens out. Just as convenient or even more so than the central hotels to the main attractions around Puyo! Recommennded.
Hostal Girasol, Puyo, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hostal Girasol, Puyo, Ecuador (July 2011 - 1 night) - A comfortable basic room in the center of town. Run by a nice family. Shared bathroom. A good price.

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