Coca Tourist Places to Visit in Coca, Ecuador, America
Coca also called as Puerto Francisco de Orellana is the capital city of Orellana province of Ecuador, located around 590 km from Guayaquil and 290 km from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Coca is highly visited by Amazon Forest visitors, especially adventure sport lovers.
Geography of Coca:
Situated at the confluence of the rivers Coca and Napo in the Amazon Rainforest, Coca coordinates with 00°27′45″ south latitude and 76°59′03″ west longitude at an elevation of 300 meters.
History of Coca:
Coca was named in the honor of the explorer of the confluence of Coca and Napo rivers, Francisco de Orellana.
How to reach Coca?
Coca is served by Francisco de Orellana Airport located around 3 km away from the heart of the city with scheduled flights to Guayaquil, Latacunga and Quito, catered by AeroGal and TAME.
There are taxis always available at the airport and also tourist can use pre booked vehicle.
There are daily buses plying between Coca and Quito and most of the bus companies offer advance booking facility for tourist’s convenience.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Coca:
There are many regional festivals celebrated in Coca with great enthusiasm and fervor by gathering all community peoples.
Coca is also known for traditional food corners with different seafood items and juices and list of main food corners in Coca is as follows:
- Los Cedros
- Parrilladas Argentinas
- Media Noche
- El Buho
- Dragon Dorado
- Doña Erma
Major Coca hotels offer internet facility and also tourists can access internet in internet cafes. Traditional handicraft product shops are interesting.
Things to do in Coca:
- Jumandy Explorers
- Emerald Forest Expeditions
- Tropic Ecological Adventures
Tourist Attractions in Coca:
CICAME Museum holds a large collection of artifacts from the ancient Coca and Spanish colonial period. Nice museum and great collection.
Yasuni National Park and Huaorani Reserve:
Coca covers most part of Yasuni National Park and Huaorani Reserve, so tourists are needed to stay 3 to 4 days to explore the full park. Capturing or hunting birds and animals is strictly prohibited. Taking guided tour will be better for easy exploration. Tour guides generally charge US$35-60, the price differs on the numbers of tourists. There are many forest lodges located within the park.
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve:
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a perfect spot to come across indigenous Ecuadorian animals and birds. Be careful when exploring the reserve. Prior permission is necessary from the Huaorani organization ONHAE.
Other places of interest near Coca include:
- Museo de la Ciudad
- Casa de la Cultura
- Museo del Banco Central
- Conjunto Monumental San Francisco
- Museo Mindalae
- Museo Guayasamin
- Calle de la Ronda
- La Vírgen del Panecillo
- Mitad del Mundo
- The Intiñan Solar Museum
- Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus
Best time to visit Coca:
The best time to visit Coca is during the months of summer season.
Accommodation options in Coca:
Coca is a picturesque town housing many lodges and guest houses with all the basic facilities and services. Other than facilities, many guest houses serve visitors with a wide variety of traditional Ecuadorian and international cuisines and also arrange bike and bicycles as well. The prominent hotels in and around Coca are as follows:
- La Misión
- Hotel Rio Napo
- Hotel Oasis
- EI Auca
- La Selva
- Sacha Lodge
- Shiripuno Lodge
- Secoya Lodge
- Yuturi Forest Lodge
- Amazon Dolphin Lodge
- Arcoiris Jungle Lodge
- Cabañas Bataburo
- Sani Isla