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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.
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. More info about bus schedules and travel times can be found at AndesTransit.
There also is a small airport nearby, in Shell, but this airport primarily runs flights to communities in the Amazon. There are no connections to major 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 within the city are a set price of 1.25, though you may be charged 1.50 if traversing the entire city.
Visit the Wao fairtrade handicraft store in the center
If you plan to cook in your hostel, go to local markets located in the center (Mariscal, de los Platanos, el municipio) 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.
The terminal terrestre offers frequent connections to Quito, Macas, Banos, and Ambato and less frequent connections to Santo Domingo, Atacames, Guayaquil, and Cuenca. If you are making a less frequent connection, it is better to get a bus to Ambato, which leave hourly from Puyo, and from there make your connection. The Ambato bus terminal offers more frequent buses to almost all destinations.
You can catch intercantonal buses outside of Mercado Mariscal and in the Centinela bus station one block down from the market.