Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman -
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Coca 254kms, Cuenca
458kms, Santo Domingo 297kms, Ibarra
348kms, Esmeraldas 569kms.