My in-laws visited us in Ecuador, but were not quite up for the true roughing-it backpacker experience of the jungle. So we decided to do "jungle lite" and stay in Puyo. We found Flor de Canela by accident. You walk over a hang bridge to get to it, and then you see the huge imposing hand-carved wooden front doors to your right. What an experience! With huts and thatched roofs and lots of wood and incredible jungly gardens, you feel as though you're miles away from civilization. You walk over small bridges with rushing creeks flowing right under the outdoorsy dining room.
The individual cabins were great, with beds at the bottom and in the loft. Up the pathway you get to a higher building with great family suites, with your private balcony and views that stretch forever. We had a light bulb that was out and a door that was a tad tough to lock, but the assistance was brisk and the desire to please made up for a little inconvenience here and there.
It was quiet, relaxing, my daughter loved the pool, and the nice folks at the front desk went out of their way to make our trip fun, arranging chiva trips to Ola Vida and white water rafting trips on the Pastaze. And the price was great.
This is not a luxury place; it's a little too rustic for that. But if you want to have a jungle without going the whole nine yards, this is your next best option. We're going back with the other set of parents.
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