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Puyo is a city in the Amazon region of Ecuador. It is often overshadowed by the nearby tourist magnet of Banos, but serves as an excellent base for trips to community-based tourism projects and jungle excursions. It is home to the Universidad Estatal Amazonica, as well as a growing nightlife scene.

Get in[edit]

Puyo is served by many local, suburban and inter-city buses. From Quito, buses leave from Quitumbe terminal in the south and the ride is 5 hours. Cooperativa San Francisco is a reputable company that has a regular route to Puyo.

There also is a small airport nearby, in Shell, but there currently is are no regular, scheduled flights to Quito or other cities. Charter and emergency flights, in light aircraft, are available.

Get around[edit]

Most attractions within Puyo are walkable. There are several local buses that cost 30 cents. Taxis run between 1 and 3 dollars within the city.

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  • Visit Omaere Ethnobotanical Park, along the Paseo Turístico del Río Puyo, at the northeast edge of town. Local guides take you through the park and explain the medicinal and cultural uses of various native plants. Tours are offered in English and Spanish. There is a small entrance and guide fee.
  • There is a mirador overlooking the Puyo river, Omaere park, and the city, and is free
  • Visit waterfalls
  • Visit indigenous groups
  • Rafting
  • Canopy
  • Kayak
  • Kanopi

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  • Eat Volquetero and encebollado - typical local dishes available in many of the restaurants in Obrero

Many comedores offer lunch (consisting of a soup and main dish) for between 2 and 3 dollars. Higher end restaurants offer meals for between 6 and 15 dollars.

Visit local markets located in the center to buy fresh produce (On Sundays vendors offer the freshest produce)

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  • Zona Obrero is where all the discotecas and bars are located and is flooded with university students on weekends. Bars are located within close proximity of each other, and play everything from salsa to electronic music.
  • Escobar, which is located in a more central area of downtown, offers artesanal beers and cocktails, as well as variations of the fermented yucca drink chicha.

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If you are in transit through Puyo or don't mind the walk, hostels in front of the main bus terminal can run as low as 7 dollars a night. There are a handful of other hostels in the center, as well as nicer hotels.


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