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.
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.
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.
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)
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.