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El Coca, also known as "Puerto Francisco de Orellana" in Spanish, was created as a port town where two of the largest Ecuadorian Amazon river tributaries flow into the River Napo. After a large flood in 1969, the oil companies played a large role in the city's reconstruction. There is a small airport with about two flights departing and arriving daily, and there is also road access for cars and buses. This small town has a population of about 70,000 inhabitants and features a long pier where many motorized canoes that transport travelers downriver and an eclectic mix of local river boats are docked. There is also a well-known history museum called El Macco filled with historic artifacts retrieved from the Amazon region from tribes of the past. Contact our Ecuador experts to plan your personalized Coca trip today!

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Highlights of Coca
Welcome to the jungle! The Amazon jungle that is. El Coca, known officially as Puerto Francisco de Orellana, is considered Ecuador's gateway to the rain forest and is the departure point for most of our expeditions into the jungle.

This Ecuadorian city sits right at the confluence of the Napo and Coca Rivers and is one of the furthest inland population centers in the country, east of the Andes. 

To get to the luxury lodges that are immersed in the jungle, you will likely board a motorized canoe that takes you upstream. This will be your first experience in the rain forest as you listen to the cacophonous chorus that surrounds you.

You can arrive to El Coca by plane on domestic flights, or by bus or car. It's not a bad idea to plan to spend a day in the city before your tour begins just in case you experience any delays in your travels.

North of the Rio Napo is the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, and south of the Napo is the famous Yasuni National Park, home to the most biodiversity per square mile anywhere on earth!

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