Cotundo is a valley in Ecuador’s eastern Amazon region. This rural area is close to several attractions and is in the heart of the Ecuadorian jungle.
Cotundo spreads throughout a valley and lacks a cohesive town center. Travelers to this remote area will enjoy dense jungles, tropical wildlife, and unique culture. Cotundo is definitely an “off-the-beaten-path” type of destination—adventure travelers interested in ecotourism will love this place.
Cotundo is near several petroglyphs, which include representations of volcanoes and toads. If you’re interested in seeing the petroglyphs, it’s best to hire a guide, as they’ll be able to show you the images and also explain the history behind them. Some petroglyphs are over 10,000 years old.
There are caves scattered throughout this area as well, and some even have underground rivers running through them. Exploring these caves can be a fun, albeit eerie, experience. Bring good shoes and a flashlight, and be prepared to get a little wet. Some of these caves were used for ceremonies in the past, and many contain stalagmites and stalactites. Having a guide is essential.
Travelers will also enjoy hiking through Cotundo’s forests and kayaking along its rivers. The Napo River, which is near Tena, hosts whitewater rafting, including sections that have Class III and Class IV rapids. Visits to indigenous villages can also be made.