Puyo is one of those towns people go to to get a taste of the Amazon without really going neck deep in it. The backdrop is interesting with the Napo River on one side and towering volcanos in the distance while the Amazon flattens out on the other side.
What to do?
-Bike the 65 km downhill from Banos and descend from the Andes down to the Amazon. (Trip takes 6 hours)
– Visit the ethnobotanical park PARQUE OMAERE and get an up close look at a wide array of rainforest plants and animals.
– See dozens of unique Orchid species in the Jardin Botanico las Orquideas located 15 minutes south of Puyo.
– Bath like the locals do in one of the clear waters of the tributary streams feeding into the main Napo River.
Where to stay?
My pick is the Hotel Las Palmas on the corner of 20 de julio y 4 de enero, a big yellow colonial house converted hotel complete with Parrots walking on the floor with rooms starting aroud $12 per person.
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