The Capital of the Orellana province is best known as the gate to the Yasuní National Park. Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the area boasts great flora and fauna biodiversity, cultural wealth of many nationalities: Kichwa, Shuar and Waorani, and is a hospitable and hard-working canton – thanks to the efforts of its people who contribute to development, while providing the best care in order to give a unique and successful experience to all who visit this beautiful place.
El Coca welcomes national and foreign tourists with its quality hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, other services and businesses that generate tourism dynamics and contribute to the economy of the sector.
Ecuadorian Amazon region harbors an impressive and immense historical past. The Archaeological Museum and Cultural Center of Orellana (MACCO), has preserved archaeological samples of the first inhabitants of the jungle from the Napo era (1,100 1522 AD). Your stay in our city won’t be complete without a visit to MACCO. Come relive history and see how man made the jungle a place to live.
Our corner of the Amazonian is considered one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Its richness in amphibians, birds, mammals, and plants surpasses many other regions of the Amazon. Declared by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in 1989, the park has more species of animals per hectare than all of Europe combined! As if that were not enough, Yasuní is also home two of the last remaining peoples that have chosen to live in voluntary isolation; the Tagaeri and Taromenane. A visit to Yasuní is approximately 2.5 hours by boat from El Coca. There are many great travel agencies and Ecolodges ready to make your visit an experience to remember. Discover what it feels like to breathe the purest air on the planet and enjoy nature while watching some of the spectacular sunsets on this earth.
It’s been said, the best way to get to know a place is through its gastronomy. El Coca city has a gastronomic offer for all tastes. Here you can find all sorts of dishes form international to national to traditional foods made local ingredients such as Maito, a delicious and nutritious food of steamed fish wrapped in bijao leaves, if you’re daring enough, the famous Mayon pincho. Let’s not forget the drinks. Get energized with guayusa, an ancient drink that the natives drink to carry out their work. No matter what your choice is, El Coca is prepared to delight the most demanding of palates.