Hostal Pakay, Tena

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Hostal Pakay is on the outskirts of Tena, the capital of the Amazonian Napo Province, in the stunning east of Ecuado, which has has grown in tourism over recent years (mainly due to the beauty of the contrasting rainforests of its Amazon Basin). The major cities are a jumping point to the virtually untouched jungles, its wildlife, and vegetation. Accommodations are either luxurious and expensive or rustic and very basic.

The Location

It’s a five-minute drive by taxi from the bus terminal. Walking is possible, but not recommended, for the moderate-grade streets are uphill, and the route is not so straightforward. The dirt road ends at the front gate to the two-hectare property. On a hill, the view of Tena spreading below is fantastic. The lush, tropical overgrowth encloses the path toward the reception, and it’s difficult to believe the city is nearby.

The hostel is a large, spacious jungle lodge, built from local materials -- wood and thick bamboo -- with a thatched roof that blends unobtrusively into the landscape. All the floors are made of hardwood, and most areas have windowless, open-air features with views towards the surrounding tropical gardens.

The first floor is a large room that holds the reception/dining/living area. To the side is the kitchen and in the back, are shared dry toilets. Wooden stairs lead to the second floor, where there are private rooms, bathrooms, and toilets; a terrace in the front; and a four-bed dorm. The third-floor attic is accessed through the dorm by stairs at the back. A larger dorm is here. The surrounding gardens are well worth exploring, for they are chock full of tropical plants, flowers, and birds of all sorts.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are two dorms; though both dorms are listed together as a nine-bed dorm, they are in fact physically separated and differ in accommodation. The smaller dorm has two double-bed bunks, a cabinet with shelves, a couple of plugins, and a high roof that helps keep it cool. In the back, the stairs lead to a larger, five-person room. Beds in the upper room are single beds with more available space. Also, this room offers small-valuables lockers and two en suite washbasins. All the beds are comfortable with good mattresses and bedclothes and mosquito netting, necessary for the natural abundance of insects in the region. Rooms have windows and plenty of light and ventilation. The building materials, the décor, and the thatched roof in the attic convert these rooms into very inviting, cozy places to stay.

Bathrooms are impeccably clean, with good pressure and hot water. The dry toilets take a bit of getting used to, but are environmentally friendly.

Common Spaces

The main common area is the reception lounge. It’s a great place for up to fifteen people, with Wi-Fi, plenty of books, and information about the area. With open-air views to the surroundings, it’s an appealing spot to spend quality time. The well-furnished kitchen is ample and the included breakfast is excellent. Dinner, beers, and wine are available. Upstairs, there’s an area with hammocks and a great view. But, the main common space is the grounds, with paths to follow and explore, full of native plants and bird-watching possibilities.


Shut off from the world, the hostel has a self-contained, relaxed vibe. The most impressive part of the hostel is its huge gardens and the amazing views from the hostel and different parts of the property. All in all, this hostel offers a good preliminary taste of the Amazon, in a luxurious setting, at very affordable prices.
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Entrance to the hostel
Dining & living area
Hammoks terrace
Four bed dorm
Five-bed dorm
The attic
edudelcorral Staff Reviewer
Published on 2016-12-08

Hostal Pakay Reviews from the Web

A really lovely, unique hostel surrounded by an amazing garden. The owner, Tony, grew up in Tena and knows the plants/animals/jungles/rivers well. It's lovely to be able to sit out on the deck with your morning coffee and watch birds run around between flowers! Side note - I don't like bugs/spiders, and while many of the spaces, including the cool dorm space, are semi-outdoor, it was super clean and I didn't have any concerns.


i was one rational thought away from staying at pakay forever. i more than tripled the amount of days i planned to stay, and am already trying to figure a way to go back. tony and the staff are incredible -- knowledgeable, and so exciting, and the whole staff's passion for the area is infectious. you'll want to do every tour, raft and kayak down the river, lie in the hammocks on the balcony, and explore the lovely town of tena. the property is beautiful and you really feel like you're in a jungle heaven. fa


Awesome hostel, awesome staff and people from all over the world, Toni was awesome definitely recommend a tour with him!


The whitewater rafting tour with Vladimir was awesome!


Great hostel tucked away just outside of town, but that makes for a great setting with the sounds of wildlife and the gardens around you.

The guy who greeted us wasnt the most enthusiastic chap, but the owner was nice and friendly. Theres no kitchen so dinner is in town or take away (the pizza was good). We had a tarantula as a roommate after returning to our room in the evening but the hostel dealt with it promptly. Breakfast was decent. They didnt seem to have our HW booking but had space


Great staff, beautiful gardens, great breakfast. The location is above town, you can walk to it but we often took a cab for $2. It is not handicap accessible. There is also no kitchen but it is so lovely that it is ok.


I loved my stay here! All of the staff are absolutely amazing and the place is beautiful. It felt like I was staying in a secret garden paradise isolated from the rest of the world. The owners are incredibly helpful, always offering to make tea or help you plan your itinerary. My only regret is not being able to stay longer.


Love this place. Beautiful grounds and lots of jungle noises. Short walk to town - and away from the noises of the town. Great breakfast and very helpful staff. Be aware the WiFi isn't that great - the only downside - if that is a downside.


Super calm and chill. The building is amazing and the dorm I was in was lovely. Tony and Yair helped me with all the information I needed and also helped me to arrange a tour to the Amazonia. The place it's a bit far from city centre but its worthy.


This place is a jungle oasis. More expensive than other places but worth every penny. Listen to the birds and insects, rain on the tin roof, walk on the cedar floors, eat local food. Definitely a must see.

The tours are great too!


Erin and Tony were great! Tony took us on a caving and canyon hike tour that was awesome! He knew all about the many different types of plants and history. Overall extremely nice and helpful people! 10/10 Highly recommend!!



Hostal Pakay boasts great views over the town, the Andes mountains and the captivating grounds around the guesthouse. The property has more than two hectares that displays a variety of plants and birds plus a jungle garden with the typical agriculture of the Amazon.

It is built with local materials and eco-friendly accommodations like dry toilets and a biological waste water treatment.

We offer:

- Private and Dorm rooms available
- Breakfast Included
- Hot water
- Hammocks
- Free WiFi
- Free and unlimited drinking water
- Beer for sale
- Book exchange
- Tour agency is located onsite, with tours guided in English, German and Spanish
- Kayak lessons
- Full day raft trips
- Cultural Immersion programs

Hostal Pakay is a beautiful eco-friendly guesthouse, built of local materials such as Bamboo, and Palm

Hostal Paklay is located in the outskirts of town, surrounded by Amazon Jungle. From the bus station it is only a few minutes by taxi or a 15-minute walk.

Please note:

Cancellation Policy: 1 day before the arrival

Check In: 2.00 pm -10:00 pm

Check Out: 12.00 pm

Method of Payment at check out: Cash only!

Breakfast is included.

Taxes are included.

Location and Contact


• We are located in a district called 'Barrio 30 de Diciembre'.
• Arrival by bus:
• If you take a taxi from the bus station, please tell the driver to take you to Hostal Pakay, Barrio 30 de Diciembre.
• It's $1 or $1,50 max and only a short ride from main street uphill. From the by pass the taxi needs to enter the small street to the left, then to the right. Where the street ends you are standing in front of our gate. The small street doesn't have a name, but all taxi drivers know 'Barrio 30 de Diciembre' (which has only this one little street).
• If you prefer to walk from the bus station, it takes you 15-20 minutes and is not recommendable if you have heavy luggage, especially on hot days!
• When leaving the bus station, make sure you are on main street (Av. 15 de Noviembre), turn right and walk by the 'SuperTia' supermarket on the corner. Follow main steet another two blocks, then take the third street (Manuel Maria Rosales) to the left. (There is a Movistar cellphone store on one and a grocery store called 'Lupita' on the other corner, and the street you take goes straight uphill).
• Walk the steet all the way uphill. When you reach the by pass (Perimetral), cross it, take the small street to the left, then right and walk till the end of the street, where you find our gate with a small sign.
• Arrival on private transportation:
• Coming from Quito, you reach the roundabout with the big 'Jumandy' statue. Don't enter the streets leading into town, please take the one heading left ('Perimetral', towards Puyo). You will cross the bridge over the Tena river, then the road goes uphill. You will see the town lying on your right. Take the second street to the left, then turn right and drive to the end of the street where you find our gate with a small sign.
• Coming from Puyo, you reach a roundabout after passing a big green glass building on your right side (University). Take the first road to the right (Perimetral, to Archidona/Baeza/Quito). It leads you uphill, the town will be lying on your left.
• Before you reach an area with houses along the road you will find our property on the right side of the road, it's fenced and has a gate with a sign. To get to the main entrance you need to take the next street to the right, then again to the right. At the end of the street you find our gate with a small sign.



Address: Av. Antisana (Perimetral) y Manuel M. Rosales Barrio 30 de Diciembre, Barrio 30 de, Tena, Ecuador

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Phone Number: +593 (0) 62 847 449 or +593 (0) 990 906 633
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Luggage Storage


Board Games


Hot Showers


Credit Card Payments


Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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