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Hola Vida waterfall ecological reserve

The Amazon, the biggest rainforest in the world, is called in Ecuador El Oriente ("the east"), as it lies on the Eastern side of the country. Half of Ecuador is covered in tropical forests, with such a rich biodiversity that each Amazon region is unique in the types of flora and fauna.

The Ecuadorian Amazon has a rich indigenous cultures, each with their own distinct language and customs.

 

Tropical flowers Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest

Ecuador’s Amazon region comprises six provinces, being the province of Pastaza the largest in the country and that one that provides the greater biodiversity. It is an excellent place for tourists to see the rainforest and wildlife of the area, visit indigenous communities, sail and swim in the rivers of the region.

 

Pastaza river, Puyopungo, Amazonia

Puyo is the capital of the province of Pastaza and the gateway to the rainforest, an important commercial center of the products of the area. Puyo is located very near the community of Puyopungo, famous for the jungle tours, the ’Hola Vida waterfall’ and Puyopungo viewpoint.

Puyopungo

Canoeing the Puyo river, Puyopungo, Ecuadorian Amazon
Located in the Amazonian jungle of Ecuador, the dense virgin rainforest of Puyopungo is close to the city of Puyo, at the junction of the Pastaza and Puyo rivers.

The place has a preserved secondary forest and a tribal history, and even today you can see some Quichua communities with customs and crafts that complement your visit.

 

Tropical plants Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest

A great experience is to stay with an Indian family and live a true cultural exchange. The warm and friendly Quichua communities offer rooms and cottages, typical food, canoeing, jungle tours, handicrafts, medicinal plants and facial masks at very good prices.

 

Pond and typical bird of the area, Puyopungo, Amazonia

 There is a great biodiversity of plants, fishes, tropical birds such as parrots, parakeets, toucans and tanagers. Among the mammals are worth mentioning monkeys, manatees, tapirs, sloths, otters and jaguars (ocelot).

 

 

 

AREA ACTIVITIES


Hola Vida waterfall

’Hola Vida’ is an ecological reserve with a cascade of 21 meters high amid a tropical forest. A lush path through the jungle will guide you to a stunning crystal waterfall.

Hola Vida waterfall natural reserve

Hola Vida waterfall ecological reserve

The waterfall has formed a natural pool where you can take a refreshing bath, and watch a great variety of birds, plants and insects in the area.

 

You can choose to return downriver in a paddle canoe, use the famous lianas to jump in the style of "Tarzan", buy amazonian crafts or try "clay" facial masks.

 

Canoe sailing & lianas tarzan jump, Puyopungo, Amazon

Puyo river Beach, Puyopungo, Amazonia

End your perfect day on the beach or bathing in the calm waters of the Puyo river.

Typical Canoes

Typical wood sailing canoe excursion
Exploring the Amazon in a native wood canoe is, no doubt whatsoever, an unforgettable experience.

Puyopungo Viewpoint

Pastaza & Puyo rivers crossing, Puyopungo, Amazonia
Get a wonderful view of the vast Amazonian lowlands and the intersection of the rivers Pastaza and Puyo.

Crafts and masks
Woodwork produced raft, pottery, and clay used for pottery production and facials.

Adventure

Kayaking, rafting, canyoning, horseback riding, trekking, climbing

Wood canoe & tropical flowers, Puyopungo, Amazon


Plantations

Visit the plantations of indigenous communities where they grow from papaya, peanut, chinese potato, cassava, and cinnamon to wild garlic.

Cinnamon tree & papaya Quichua crops community

Try the many dishes based on cassava and plantains and the native drink ’chicha’ made of fermented cassava and plantain.


How to get there
To get to the jungle of Puyopungo, you can choose to hire a private tour in the city of Baños or get there by yourself. The second option is much less expensive.

If you choose to go by yourself , take a bus from Baños to Puyo. In Puyo, you can take a taxi to Puyopungo or take the Bus ’Centinela del Oriente’ via Puyo-Macas. At the entrance Puyopungo, descend at the km 16 to the right, where there is a church. Cross the bridge, turn left and follow the path to the village. For further references ask for Carmela or call (032) 887558 mobile 097676504.

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Cabins Chupapunda Viewpoint, Puyopungo, AmazonChupapunda viewpoint cabins, Puyopungo
On the river banks of the Puyo river.

 

Puyo and Pastaza river viewpoint

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