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This city is the provincial capital of Pastaza housing some 25,000 residents. It also provides a crossroads for visitors arranging various tours to the jungle and forest reserves and for dawn risers the views of the incoming rolling mists are spectacular dissipating into cloud form as the day rolls on.

This attractive jungle town is also the crossover point for further onward routes into the northern and southern oriente as well as travelers journeying back to Baños and Ambato. To Macas a further attractive jungle town you will head southeast while to head up to Tena you will exit from the north.

The Etno-Arqueológico Museum (Atahualpa and 9 de Octubre, third floor), possesses a nice collection of artifacts.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Accommodation
Important Notice: If you wish to book in advance any of the below listed lodgings, visit our online Hotel reservation form. A BOE specialized agent will be able to process your inquiry immediately for the best and most affordable accommodation rates in Puyo!.

Los Cofanes.- Modern installations. Address: 27 de Febrero 6-29 and Ceslao Marín. Reservations: Tel. 03-885560, Fax: 03-884791.

Hostería Turingia.- Comfortable rooms. Address: Ceslao Marin 294. Reservations: Tel. 03-885180, Fax: 03-885384.

Gran Hotel Amazónico.- Address: Ceslao Marín and Atahualpa. Reservations: Tel. 03-883094.

Majestic Inn.- Address: Ceslao Marín and Villamil. Reservations: Tel. 03-885417.

Short budget?

Hostal El Colibrí.- Address: Manabí between Bolivar and Galápagos. Reservations: Tel. 03-883054.

El Cafecito.- Address: 27 de Febrero and Ceslao Marín. Reservations: Tel. 03-885267.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Restaurants
Pizzeria Buon Giorno.- Pizza and salads. Located at 9 de Octubre and Orellana.

Cafetería Panadería Susanita.- Bakery and breakfasts. Address: Ceslao Marín and Villamil.

Rincón de Suecia.- Pizza. Located on 9 de Octubre.

Chifa China.- Address: 9 de Octubre and 24 de Mayo.

Sal y Pimienta.- Grill. Address: Atahualpa and 27 de Febrero.

Mesón Europeo.- Located on Monseñor Alberto Zambrano street, close to the bus station.

Rincón Chileno.- Grill. Located in Hotel El Araucano.

Mistral.- Set meals. Address: Atahualpa and 9 de Octubre.

Casa Verde.- Set meals. Address: Azuay and Cotopaxi (Barrio Obrero).
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Bars & Discos
There are many Discos and bars along the road north to Tena in Barrio Obrero.

Disco Caribe 1000.- Very popular Disco with locals. Address: Sucre and 9 de Octubre.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Shopping
Local crafts at OPIP (Address: 9 de Octubre and Atahualpa) and also at Amazonía Touring (Address: Atahualpa and 9 de Octubre).
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Tour operators
Important Notice: If you wish to book in advance through any of the below listed tour operators in Puyo for jungle tours. Direct reservations are available through our online Travel Agencies and Tour operators network reservation form, a BOE specialized agent will direct your inquiry and search for the best and most affordable tours and rates!.

Papangu Tours.- Jungle trips offered and managed by the Organización de Pueblos Indígenas de Pastaza (OPIP). Address: 9 de Octubre and Orellana. Reservations: Tel. 03-883875.

Amazonía Touring.- Tours to the nearby Indian communities and reserves. Address: Atahualpa and 9 de Octubre. Reservations: Tel. 03-883219.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Transport

There is a frequent bus service at the Terminal Terrestre (bus station) located along the Shell-Mera-Baños road, some 20 minutes walk from the city center. To Quito via Ambato (US$3.50, 7 hours). To Ambato (US$3, 3 1/2 hours). To Riobamba (US$2.50, 5 1/2 hours). To Tena (US$2.50, 3 1/2 hours). To Baños (US$2, 2 1/2 hours). To Macas (US$5, 6 1/2 hours).


There are frequent military flights from Shell to Quito and other villages in the Oriente. Also, other commercial flights weekly to Quito (See Shell).
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel General interest
Ministerio de Turismo.- Is located at Centro Shopping Carmelita, fourth floor (Ceslao Marín and 9 de Octubre).


Casa de Cambios Puyo.- Traveler's checks and other currencies. Address: Atahualpa and 9 de Octubre. Tel & Fax: 03-883064.


Internet (The average rates are between US$5 and US$6)

Centro de Computo Amazonas.- Address: Atahualpa 2000 and 9 de Octubre, 2nd floor.

Andinatel.- Address: Villamil and Orellana.

Post Office.- Address: 27 de Febrero between Atahualpa and Orellana.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Excursions from Puyo
Some two kilometers north of Puyo along the road to Tena lies Omaere. A 16 hectares ethnobotanical reserve with guided tours run by Indian guides for about 2 hours. Here, you'll find huge botanical gardens with rare plants used by natives and the magnificent Río Puyo, where you can go fishing or swimming. For any further information Fundación Omaere can be contacted on Tel. 03-2888300. Or, book in advance through our online Travel Agencies and Tour operators network reservation form.

There are other nearby reserves around the Puyo area and excursions can be fixed by the local tour operators previously mentioned. The most interesting sites are:

Jardín Botánico Las Orquídeas.- Along the road to Macas (some 3 1/2 km south). A small reserve with beautiful orchids.

Criadero de Vida Silvestre Fátima.- A reserve the protects wild captive animals. Located on the road to Tena (10 km north). Entry fee is around US$3.

Fundación Ecológica Hola Vida, Located some 25 kilometers from Puyo (close to Porvenir), offering attractive rustic cabins in the jungle and boat trips.
 Ecuador and Galapagos Travel Shell
Shell is located some 15 km west from Puyo and 45 km from Baños (2 hours). Along the road Puyo-Baños, you'll enjoy the outstanding views of the Pastaza valley and many waterfalls.

Shell is an American missionary center with hospitals, churches, schools and they also provide emergency services through the Voz Andes hospital (Tel. 795172). Also, This is the most important airstrip of the Pastaza province, a small village where you'll never get lost.

Accommodation & Restaurants

Los Copales.- Comfortable cabins with private bath. Located along the road to Baños (west of Shell). Reservations: Tel. 03-795290.

Short budget?

Hostal Amazonas.- Basic. Located on the main road (at the east end).

Germany Hostal.- Family run. Reservations: Tel. 03-795134.


El Portón.- Set meals. Located on the west end.


There are frequent flights performed by FAE (Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana) from Shell to Quito, the main Amazon cities and smaller villages, running different destinations on different days. You must be very patient to get on a flight. If you're traveling to nearby villages it's better to do it by bus, it's faster and cheaper.

There is no bus station in Shell, you have to stand at the main road and wait for the main buses that travel this route either to Puyo, or Baños. To Puyo, is around US$0.50 and to Baños US$2.00.
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