Hostels in Tena, Ecuador

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Get to know Tena (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you 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.

 Misahualli River

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

Written by local enthusiast for Tena hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Tena Hostels

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A hostel in Tena costs $15 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Tena costs $48. (based on price comparison)
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Tena Hostel Cheatsheet

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.
6 Total number of hostels
$15 Average dorm price
$48 Average private room price
$7 Cheapest hostel in Tena
Hostal Limoncocha is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Tena
Hostal Pakay is the best rated
Most Tena hostels are located in
Barrio 30 de
8.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Misahualli (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Ahuano (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Puyo (58 Km / 36 mi.)
Baños (81 Km / 51 mi.)
Banos de Agua Santa (81 Km / 51 mi.)
Latacunga (89 Km / 56 mi.)
Tanicuchi (95 Km / 59 mi.)

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