What to do and see in Puyo, Ecuador: The Best Places and Tips

February 2, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Discover the best top things to do in Puyo, Ecuador including Parque Etnobotanico Omaere, Yana Cocha, Jardin Botanico las Orquideas, Zoorefugio Tarqui, Portal a la selva, Fundacion Los Monos Selva y Vida, Madre Selva Tours, Parque acuatico Morete Puyu, Waorani Hecho a mano, CatRock.
Restaurants in Puyo

1. Parque Etnobotanico Omaere

Paseo Turistico del Rio Puyo | Del Malecon Cruzando El Puente Peatonal, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 98 525 0864
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Parque Etnobotanico Omaere

Reviewed By Helen N

We are very interested in rainforest revegetation, flora & fauna in general as well as ethnobotany so we thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour with Chris.
He is extremely knowledgeable about the Shuar people and their relationship with their forest environment and he is keen to share. The medicinal uses of plants are explained & it is possible to purchase some of the compounds made by Chris' wife, who is Shuar.
He is also interested in recycling & demonstrates practical projects, including urine diverting composting toilets.
The trails are fairly rough tracks but not arduous at all.
Well worth doing, close to the tourist part of town so plenty of places for a beer or meal afterwards.

2. Yana Cocha

Via Puyo Tena, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 99 247 6171
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Yana Cocha

Reviewed By heyjudithz - Knoxville, Tennessee

Yana Cocha is a non-profit which exists solely on donations and the tiny price they charge people to stay there and volunteer. I took a group of engineering students there for an Alternative Break service project and we stayed in nearby Puyo. Yana Cocha is a sanctuary for animals that were either confiscated from traffickers or people possessing them illegally, or found wandering around after stupid people purchase or steal them and then let them loose when it finally sinks in that people are not meant to own exotic animals, which is unlawful in Ecuador anyway. Thank goodness for the good people of Yana Cocha who rehabilitate these lovely animals and give them a little paradise in which to live. The enclosures are sizeable and kept clean, and each animal has its own veterinary-prescribed diet. The police in nearby Puyo have an excellent relationship with the center, and bring animals there. For example, a baby jungle wolf was found running loose in town and they brought it in while we were there. In quarantine at the time was a baby ocelot, two hawks, the wolf, and some turtles. The saddest realization I had while there was when the veterinarian said, "As long as there are people wanting to own exotic animals, there will be trafficking." That's terrible, but you can help by visiting or even by making a donation. We asked ahead of time for a wish list of veterinary supplies, and were able to make the wish come true with a suitcase full of supplies. Know that you are supporting a worthwhile and hard-working organization when you visit. I cannot say enough good things about this beautiful place.

3. Jardin Botanico las Orquideas

Sr. Omar Tello B, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 98 127 5281
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5 based on 41 reviews

Jardin Botanico las Orquideas

Reviewed By Kristen B - Winston Salem, North Carolina

The guide was completely committed to this place, you can tell how much he loved the jungle, the plants and wants to teach people how to save it. It is way off the beaten path and even with signs still a little hard to find. We arrived late in the afternoon but he was still excited to show us around so close to closing.

4. Zoorefugio Tarqui

Tarqui, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 3-253-5193
Excellent
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4 based on 28 reviews

Zoorefugio Tarqui

Reviewed By twohermitcrabs - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tarqui is a little gem of a place run by a super committed family that really invest themselves into the park. We volunteered here for two weeks and loved every minute, despite the work being hard.
For the day visitor, the park has a great array of animals: large felines (jaguars, ocelots, pumas, margay), rare birds, monkeys, capybara, tapirs, peccaries, cabeza de mattes, caimans and much more. The enclosures are better sized than in many European zoos and incorporate the natural environment whilst allowing you to get pretty close to the animals.The entrance fee is low, so this is great value and we'd encourage people to donate a little extra to help the animals.
The park also has a pool and restaurant attached which buzzes with locals at the weekend, in a laid back and family atmosphere.
Worth a visit, a donation or a stint as a volunteer!

5. Portal a la selva

Km.27 de la via Puyo-Macas, sector El Paraiso., Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 99 982 5595
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5 based on 14 reviews

Portal a la selva

Reviewed By Lewis125 - Charlotte, North Carolina

It's an amazing experience going to the jungle, and Puyo it's it's door, from there you can go for a cheap fare to anywhere, and enjoy the jungle, it's animals, and the whole atmosphere it's just great, just a few minutes to Banos, where every one goes

6. Fundacion Los Monos Selva y Vida

Km 2 via Puyo 10 de Agosto | Via a Macas, Puyo 160150, Ecuador 593 (0) 994 740
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Fundacion Los Monos Selva y Vida

Reviewed By Stephanne M

The monkeys, capybaras, butterflies, turtles, snakes and lush vegetation were amazing! Winding through the beautiful preserve felt as though we were deep in an undiscovered part of the Amazon! Rounding around the bend and finding a gorgeous Rover with crystal Waters and huge tree canopies was spectacular. Beautifully done!

7. Madre Selva Tours

Puyo, Ecuador
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5 based on 3 reviews

Madre Selva Tours

Reviewed By Tom B

Me and my sister did the 3 day tour out of Puyo, and it was great. these guys are a smaller tour company and definitely give you a more 'local' experience than the big tour companies. we had a chance to talk to the guy running the company and he was very knowledgeable and has a huge passion for the jungle and its people. the camp was very rustic and it felt like you were sleeping in the jungle, cause we were! the guide was awesome and spoke great English, and he knew everything since he was a true born and raised jungle guy. these guys really care about preserving the jungle for future generations and it shows in their operation. all in all was fun and was quick and easy to do from banos.

8. Parque acuatico Morete Puyu

Calle Teniente Hugo Ortiz, Puyo 160150, Ecuador
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4 based on 4 reviews

Parque acuatico Morete Puyu

Reviewed By Jessei C

Morete Puyu" is located in the center of the city of Puyo, Pastaza province, this is a modern water park with capacity for 3,000 people, this place has one of the biggest attractions of Pastaza province, the wave pool which is near to one of the slides highest in the country. It also has a sauna, turkish bath, semi olympic swimming pool, snack bar, changing tables, green areas and like all great spa, lifeguard service.
The water park "Morete Puyu" also has a modern reception center ready for events, conferences and other activities . If they like sports , tourists can enjoy facilities as: basketball , tennis, soccer and volleyball courts, it is an unforgettable place.

9. Waorani Hecho a mano

Atahualpa y General Villamil, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 3-288-8908
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5 based on 1 reviews

Authentic Waorani crafts. The objects are made by hand by Waorani women using organic materials. Profits are used to preserve one of the most biodiverse rain Forests in the world and to support Waorani families. The store is run by the Waorini women who produce the crafts. The affected rain forest is threatened by mining, logging, petroleum drilling, illegal hunting, and habitat destruction.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

If you are looking for the real thing, this is the place to go. Everything in this shop is authentic. Nothing here from China. Plus, the proceeds go to the women who create the goods sold.

10. CatRock

Cotopaxi | 20 DE Julio, Puyo 160150, Ecuador +593 98 351 2912
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4 based on 1 reviews

Bar tematico de musica rock

Reviewed By heyjudithz - Knoxville, Tennessee

A nostalgic collage of the legends of rock and roll, with photos and memorabilia. In addition, Cat Rock pays tribute to bands of Ecuador as well. Small and somewhat intimate, yet lively and fun-filled as well.

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