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Tena, Ecuador - My First Time In An Ecuador Jungle Town

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2011   » View Photoset (40 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I travelled through the night from Quito to Tena, one of Ecuadors jungle towns in the eastern Amazon basin - The Oriente. It took 5 and a half hours. I
Ecuador Photo - Main street of Tena.
Main street of Tena.
arrived at the shabby and dusty Tena bus terminal at around 4am and stayed here for a few hours until it was light. I found a budget hotel and rested until lunchtime.

Adventure and Tours

Tena is located right where the 2 rivers Tena and Pano converge, it is the home of rafting and kayaking. Jungle trips can be organised and trips to waterfalls also. There is a kayak school in town with Rios Ecuador. There are tours to Misahualli which includes a visit to the island of monkeys, 'La Isla de los Monos'. It is possible to visit river and jungle communities on some tours and participate in activities such as panning for gold, eating
Ecuador Photo - The huge jungle on the road from Tena to Puyo.
The huge jungle on the road from Tena to Puyo.
local food, swimming, hiking, bird and animal watching and arts and crafts. The Amazon Park in Tena, Parque Amazonico has an island and trail for self-guided walks through the jungle to see animals and exotic flora and fauna.

Town and Riverside

The town itself is a pleasant place with its constant backdrop of jungle and warm climate hanging around 24 degrees. A park in the center of town has a monument of a pair of indigenous people - a man blowing a dart from a tube and a woman gutting an animal. It is called Tena Kichwa y Ancestral. A couple of churches are also nearby, a blue and white one with twin towers and the mustard colored cathedral. There are monuments to Ruben Cevallos Vega and Jorge Rossi and one called La Mision Josefina 'Centenario de la Muerte de San Leonardo
Ecuador Photo - Leaves of red, orange, yellow and green.
Leaves of red, orange, yellow and green.
Murialdo' 1900-2000 commemorating 100yrs since the death of Italian Priest Leonardo Murialdo in 1900. Beside the bridge across the river is a little park that has exotic plants, golden pots and little figures sitting or standing on rocks, birds dart around the trees.

Bus 2hrs 30mins to Puyo

From Tena I bought a bus ticket for $5 for the 2hr 30min trip to Puyo, the jungle and scenery along the way is beautiful with mountains, jungle huts and small communities. The road is in good condition but the bus-driver did drive a little slow. We passed through Tola, Napo, Pastaza and Santa Clara. There are quite a few things to see and do between Tena and Puyo including Zoorefugio El Eden - a zoo refuge, Zoocriadero Fatima - a breeding zoo, Cavernas Rio Puyo and Cavernas de Fatima - river caves, Cabeceras Rio Puyo - river headwaters, Dique de Fatima and Dique de Murialdo - natural pools and Centro de Rescate de Fauna Yanacocha - a rescue center.

     

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


Map location: Tena, Ecuador. Tena is one of Ecuador's jungle towns in the eastern Amazon basin - The Oriente, it is the home of rafting and kayaking. Jungle trips can be organised and you can see waterfalls also.
 A : Puyo - Ecuador 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by car (86 kms) | 1hr 50mins 1hr 50mins by bus (86 kms) (86 kms)
 B : Banos - Ecuador 80 kms 80 kms straight distance | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by car (141 kms) | 3hrs 2mins 3hrs 2mins by bus (141 kms) (141 kms)
 C : Quito - Ecuador 111 kms 111 kms straight distance | 3hrs 3hrs by car (169 kms) | 3hrs 36mins 3hrs 36mins by bus (169 kms) (169 kms)
 D : Ambato - Ecuador 96 kms 96 kms straight distance | 3hrs 48mins 3hrs 48mins by car (189 kms) | 4hrs 33mins 4hrs 33mins by bus (189 kms) (189 kms)
 E : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 119 kms 119 kms straight distance | 3hrs 11mins 3hrs 11mins by car (190 kms) | 3hrs 49mins 3hrs 49mins by bus (190 kms) (190 kms)
 F : Mitad del Mundo - Ecuador 130 kms 130 kms straight distance | 3hrs 37mins 3hrs 37mins by car (208 kms) | 4hrs 20mins 4hrs 20mins by bus (208 kms) (208 kms)
 G : Cayambe - Ecuador 120 kms 120 kms straight distance | 3hrs 50mins 3hrs 50mins by car (216 kms) | 4hrs 36mins 4hrs 36mins by bus (216 kms) (216 kms)
 H : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 121 kms 121 kms straight distance | 4hrs 6mins 4hrs 6mins by car (218 kms) | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by bus (218 kms) (218 kms)
 I : Latacunga - Ecuador 87 kms 87 kms straight distance | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by car (221 kms) | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by bus (221 kms) (221 kms)
 J : Machachi - Ecuador 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 3hrs 42mins 3hrs 42mins by car (221 kms) | 4hrs 26mins 4hrs 26mins by bus (221 kms) (221 kms)
 K : Pujili - Ecuador 98 kms 98 kms straight distance | 4hrs 5mins 4hrs 5mins by car (230 kms) | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by bus (230 kms) (230 kms)
 L : Saquisili - Ecuador 98 kms 98 kms straight distance | 4hrs 23mins 4hrs 23mins by car (243 kms) | 5hrs 15mins 5hrs 15mins by bus (243 kms) (243 kms)
 M : Otavalo - Ecuador 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 4hrs 11mins 4hrs 11mins by car (249 kms) | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by bus (249 kms) (249 kms)
 N : Guaranda - Ecuador 146 kms 146 kms straight distance | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by car (276 kms) | 6hrs 4mins 6hrs 4mins by bus (276 kms) (276 kms)
 O : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 123 kms 123 kms straight distance | 5hrs 17mins 5hrs 17mins by car (294 kms) | 6hrs 20mins 6hrs 20mins by bus (294 kms) (294 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 Tena, Ecuador:

Residencial Napoli, Tena, Ecuador - Large Photo
Residencial Napoli, Tena, Ecuador (July 2011 - 1 night) - Cheap and a little rough but good for a night, $10 for a room for 2 people with a tv. The bathroom was a shared one. We arrived at 7am in the morning, the owner was quite strict about us leaving no more than 24hrs later, but was cool about us staying until 9am the following morning.

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