Tena Travel Guide

  • Cavernas Lagarto Matiri
    Cavernas Lagarto Matiri
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  • Cavernas Lagarto Matiri
    Cavernas Lagarto Matiri
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Tena Things to Do

  • Rafting in Jondachi/Hollin (class 4)

    The rafting in Jondachi/Hollin is class 4, which means that it is more technical than Jatunyacu which we had visited the previous day. We did not know until the morning we went on the tour if we could go or not as there had been intensive rain the whole day when we went rafting on Jatunyacu. If the water level is too high in Jondachi/Hiollin it is...

  • Rafting in Río Jatunyacu (class 3)

    Rafting in Río Jatunyacu (Upper Río Napo) is a popular tour from Tena. It is a river with a large volume of water and the rafting is class 3. The day I went there the rain was pouring down the whole day and along the day the water level raised quite a lot. I did the tour with River People in Tena and that day we were quite many tourists as there...

  • Parque Amazónico

    Parque Amazónico is situated on an island between Río Tena and Río Pano. The island is 27 hectares big and here there are a few trails you can walk through the lush tropical forest. I enjoyed this walk and very much liked the flowers and butterflies I saw along the trail. There is a watchtower on top of the hill, but it was closed when I visited as...


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Tena Restaurants

  • Restaurant Chuquitos

    Restaurant Chuquitos is situated on the west side of Río Tena and from many tables you will have a good view over the river. I visited twice and I was surprised that there were not many other customers there, maybe because it was early.The first time ordered Pollo a La Plancha and a lemonade. While I waited I got a plate of banana crisps and when...

  • Café Tortuga

    Café Tortuga I situated on the Malecon, by Río Tena. It is a place visited mostly by tourists, and many are using their computers and mobile phones, as there is free Wi-Fi. I came here twice. The first time I ordered vegetable crepes, an avocado batido and a coffee. I actually didn’t like the vegetable filling in the crepes as I couldn’t feel the...

  • Pizzeria Bella Selva

    Pizzeria Bella Selva is situated on the Malecon, near Río Tena. The first time I came here I ordered a large piece of meat with French fries and salad. I am usually not a difficult customer, but now I was as I asked them to fry the meat a bit more (it was a very thick piece and to me it was raw inside) and I asked to have a new salad as I didn’t...


Tena Transportation

  • To the caves north of Tena

    To the caves north of TenaThe most visited cave near Tena is Cuevas de Jumandi, about 10 km north of Tena. I didn’t visit that cave but Cavernas Templo de Ceremonia and Cavernas Lagarto Matiri which are situated further north. I had been told that I could take a bus from Calle Amazonas (near the airport) to Cotundo, which is only a short walk from...

  • From Tena to Papallacta

    In Tena the rain poured down in the morning so I didn’t go to the bus terminal until it had stopped, but of course it started again before I had reached the terminal (it was not very far from my hotel so I walked). I arrived at the terminal at 10 and the next bus for Quito was leaving at 10:30. While I waited I bought some snacks for the bus...

  • To Tena from Puyo

    I took a taxi from El Jardin in Puyo where I had been staying to the bus terminal, and as all taxis within the city it was $1 (August 2013). At the bus terminal there didnt seem to be to many buses to Tena during the day, but it was 9.20 and outside Expressos Baños office I saw that they had a bus at 9.30. However their office was closed. Another...


Tena Off The Beaten Path

  • Cavernas Lagarto Matiri

    After visiting Cavernas Templo de Ceremonia I wanted to visit Cavernas Lagarto Matiri. To go there I first walked for 15 – 20 minutes along the Tena - Baeza road to the village Mondayacu. When I came to Mondayacu I met a man and asked for the way to Cavernas Lagarto Matiri. He told me to turn left after the school, but he also told me to ask in the...

  • Cavernas Templo de Ceremonia

    When I first arrived to Tena I asked at one of the travel agencies about tours to the caves near Tena. It didn’t seem like people usually asked for these tours, but a woman at the agency said that I could go on my own. She told me that Cuevas de Jumandi (the only one mentioned in the guidebook) was quite commercial and she advised me to go to...

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Tena Sports & Outdoors

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    by MalenaN Written Nov 12, 2013

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    Tena is known to be a good place for white-water rafting. There are rivers nearby for different levels; class 3, class 4 and even class 5. There are many agencies adverticing rafting in Tena, but you should be sure to go with one with good reputation.

    I went rafting with River People, a company owned by a family who moved to Ecuador from Ireland about 20 years ago.

    The two most popular rafting tours are to Jatunyacu, a class 3+ river and Jondachi/Hollin rivers, which is class 4. When I first arrived to River People no one had signed up for rafting the next day, but they told me to come back later as people usually arrive in the afternoon. Later there were more people, and even a big group of high school students interested in doing rafting the next day. I was interested in doing both the Jatunyacu and the Jondachi/Hollin, but if I could choose only one, I most of all wanted to do the class 4 Jondachi/Hollin. It was up to the big group which rafting it would be and in the end they choose Jatunyacu. Luckily there were some other people who, like me, wanted to do Jondachi/Hollin the second day. I have done separate tips about the rafting tours under Things to do.

    In August 20013 the price for Jatunyacu was $55and for Jondachi/Hollin it was $70. When doing the Jondachi/Hollin rafting-tour we got it for $65 as it was the second rafting with the same agency.
    Included in the price is transport, lunch, safety kayak and all equipment.

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    • Rafting
    • Adventure Travel
    • Backpacking

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