Tena, nestled in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is a vibrant city surrounded by lush rainforests, winding rivers, and diverse wildlife. Known as the “Gateway to the Amazon,” Tena offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth.

Our Best Tena Tours

Our top 5 things to do in Tena

Explore the wonders of Tena, where jungle adventures, river excursions, cultural immersion, and eco-tourism converge to offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Amazon. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness with guided treks, spot diverse wildlife on river expeditions, engage with Kichwa communities to learn about their traditions, and support sustainable development initiatives aimed at preserving Tena’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Jungle Adventures

Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the Amazon jungle with guided treks, wildlife spotting excursions, and visits to indigenous communities. Experience the rich biodiversity of the rainforest, home to countless species of plants, animals, and birds.

River Excursions

Embark on thrilling river adventures along the Napo River and its tributaries. From whitewater rafting and kayaking to peaceful canoe rides and river tubing, there's something for everyone to enjoy on Tena's pristine waterways.

Cultural Immersion

Engage with the local Kichwa communities to learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life. Participate in traditional ceremonies, watch skilled artisans craft intricate handicrafts, and gain insight into the indigenous cultures that call the Amazon home.


Experience eco-friendly tourism practices and sustainable development initiatives aimed at preserving the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Tena and its surrounding areas. Support local conservation efforts and responsible tourism initiatives during your visit.

Wild Reserve

A hidden sanctuary within the Amazon rainforest. Guided tours led by naturalists unveil a vibrant tapestry of exotic flora and fauna, while winding trails offer glimpses of hidden waterfalls and pristine streams. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher or simply seeking a serene escape into nature, the Wild Reserve promises an unforgettable adventure in Tena's wilderness.

Best food in Tena

Tena’s food scene is a flavorful blend of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and exotic Amazonian dishes. Fresh, seasonal ingredients from the rainforest and riverbanks infuse local dishes with unique flavors. From tangy ceviche to hearty maito and indulgent chontacuros, each bite tells a story of the region’s rich culinary heritage. Whether dining in a jungle lodge or sampling street food, Tena offers a delicious culinary adventure unlike any other.

Ceviche de Pescado

Sample this classic Ecuadorian dish featuring fresh river fish marinated in tangy citrus juices, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Served cold, it's a refreshing and flavorful appetizer perfect for hot days in Tena.

Maito de Tilapia

Indulge in maito, a traditional Amazonian dish where tilapia or other fish is wrapped in banana leaves with spices and grilled over an open flame. The result is tender, flavorful fish infused with smoky, aromatic goodness.


For the adventurous eater, chontacuros are roasted palm grubs seasoned with salt and spices. These protein-rich grubs are a delicacy in the Amazon and offer a unique culinary experience.

Yuca Frita

Enjoy crispy yuca fries as a tasty side dish or snack. Yuca, a starchy root vegetable similar to cassava, is sliced, fried until golden and crispy, and served with a variety of dipping sauces.

Bolon de Verde

Savor bolon de verde, a popular Ecuadorian dish made from mashed green plantains mixed with cheese, formed into balls, and fried until golden and crispy. Bolon de verde can be served as a snack or as part of a larger meal, often accompanied by avocado, cheese, and/or fried pork.

What to pack for Tena

Hiking shoes

During your excursions in the lush jungles of Tena, you’ll be doing a lot of walking, making comfortable footwear essential.

Wind and waterproof coat

Tena typically experiences a humid tropical climate with high rainfall year-round. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a waterproof jacket to stay cool and protected from both rain and mosquito bites.

Reusable water bottle

In Tena’s, expect lots of walking in the humid tropical climate, so bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

Adaptor plug

When traveling to Ecuador, it’s important to bring a plug adaptor to ensure your electronic devices can be easily connected to the local power outlets.


Despite the humid tropical climate, sun exposure can be intense during the day. Remember to keep lip balm handy to prevent dry lips.

Tropical - humid weather clothes

When visiting Tena’s Yasuni, it’s essential to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing that will keep you feeling comfortable in the humid tropical climate.


Using binoculars is essential for observing animals, particularly various bird species, to enhance your wildlife viewing experience.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your citizenship, you will require a valid passport and may also need a visa to enter Ecuador. It’s important to verify these requirements well in advance of your departure date. Moreover, it’s advisable to receive vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, malaria, and yellow fever 10 to 15 days prior to your journey.

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