Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Tena, Ecuador. You can choose from 5 Tena hostels. In total, there are 14 cheap places to stay in Tena such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Tena, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Tena? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Tena alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Tena. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tena. To help you make friends with Tena before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tena is a city in the Ecuadorian rainforest; it is the capital of the Napo province. It was founded by missionaries in the mid 16th century and was the site of many uprisings by indigenous tribes. The entry to the city is marked by a statue of one uprising leader, the famous Jumandy, who led his tribe against the Spanish just after the city was settled. Tena is the jungle hub - the place where most Amazonian hikes kick off and end. As a result, you’ll find a lot of hostels, cheap bars, cafe, and shopping for the South American backpacker crowd. You may also come across some Peace Corps members here, as Tena is home to several different sectors of volunteer organisations.
The only way to get to Tena is by bus from Quito, since both airports no longer take passenger flights (2017) - this may change in the future. Luckily, the bus from Quito goes through the jaw-dropping Papallacta Pass in the Andes Mountains. The ride takes around four to five hours by bus.
Most hostel accommodation in Tena is near the bus station and grocery stores, but since Tena is quite small, you won’t have too much trouble getting around town. Hostels here cater to the hiking and backpacking set, so they’re efficient and well-equipped but not flashpackery. If you want a party crowd when you get back from the jungle, choose a hostel on the main drag, otherwise choose one that’s a few streets away.
One of the most popular activities in Tena - beyond setting off into the jungle - is kayaking. The town is home to numerous kayak guides and tour operators. Some operate whitewater kayaking, so if you don’t want to risk your life on the rapids, consider a more sedate paddle. Whitewater rafting is another exciting activity. Tena is definitely the base for your pre- or post-jungle trek relaxation.
Written by local enthusiast for Tena hostels Jakob Lombardi
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Tena. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Tena. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Tena and Ecuador.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
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