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Quito - Lago Agrio [Distance 290km], How to get there and back, bu Bus, Plane and Private Transport:

  1. Take the night bus from Quito to Lago Agrio (usually leaves at 11 at night) from the "Terminal Norte" in Quito and arrive in Lago Agrio at dawn. It costs about $ 46 for the round trip and you have to leave from your hotel in Quito to the terminal  an hour before departure. Alternatively, you can take a day bus, but then you will have to spend the night in Lago Agrio. We will pick you up in Lago Agrio in combination with arriving passengers by plane, departing generally at 10:30 (depending on the arrival of the plane), to Nuevo Unión (2 hours), where we embark in our canoe at about 12:30. Between your departure from your hotel at night at 10 at night until disembarking, will be more or less 15 hours.

  2. Fly with LATAM or Aereo Regional to Coca, which costs about $ 200 round trip per person, but additionally you have to consider the cost of a taxi that costs 2X25; If you want to go to Cuyabeno, you need to get a transportation at about $70 for a taxi (max 3 persons). Your flight usually leaves at 9 in the morning, and takes 30 minutes to arrive. As many times the flight is delayed, count on arriving around 10, and after getting your luggage, it will be 10:30. We'll pick you up at the airport.

  3. A great alternative is taking our Private Trans-Andean Transportation to the Aguarico River, which costs $40 per per person. We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and take to Cuyabeno in 8 - 9 hours.

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Very early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Quito to travel along the scenic road to the Aguarico River, passing through Ecuador's most striking waterfall, the San Rafael Waterfall, as well through the paramo (Andes meadows) of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve.


Along the road across the mountains get to see beautiful paramos and some of the world's highest rainforests along Lake Papallacta.

Clad in beautiful cloud forests, the San Rafael Falls used to be the most scenic waterfall of Ecuador, but unfortunately it collapsed into a sinkhole and no longer exists.


Overlooking Lake Papallacta is a friendly Spa which offers mineral water straight from the source without filtering it first as done in the Papallacta resorts. This is much better, because all the benfical minerals remain in the water. The prices of Jamanco Spa are very reasonable and much lower than of the Papallacta resorts.

Ecuador's almost permanently active volcano frequently pours out lava which can be can be seen glowing in the night, while tall ash plumes can be seen during the day.

  • To arrange a relaxing night in one of the Papallacta resorts (more luxurious but more costly) or Jamanco Spa (friendlier, more natural and far more economical), an extra day would be needed.

  • When taking the private transportation to the Amazon Region, it makes sense to fly or bus back or visa versa.

Lago Agrio Airport is serviced by any airline; It is possible to fly to Coca from where we organize transportation to Cuyabeno.

On a clear day you can see the Cayambe exactly on the equator, as you fly around it. When flying to Coca, ask for a window on the left; when returning to Quito on the right side of the plane.


Street: Calle Las Casas, Side street: Jose Coudrin, 2 blocks above the Occidental Highway

Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

Tel: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 Whatsapp: (++)1 304 901 0718

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