Traveling to Yachana by car is a great way to experience the Sierra and the Oriente.

During the journey you will experience the differences in landscapes and vegetation driving from Quito 9350 feet (2850 meters) through the central valley to the east and crossing the highest point along the route at the Papallacta Pass and the Tomb de La Virgen 13,779 feet (4200 meters).

From here the road descends to the Thermal Springs at Papallacta 10,827 feet (3300 meters). Papallacta is about 2 hours from Quito and a perfect place to stop and enjoy the thermal baths and see hummingbirds.

From here the road continues to descend as you pass beautiful waterfalls and views of the volcano Antisana 18,891 feet (5758 meters) as you approach the town of Baeza.

Baeza is an excellent location to experience a local Ecuadorian lunch of trout – just ask for Gina’s.

This same route taken by the Spanish conquer Francisco de Orellana in 1542, in his quest across the Amazon basin.

From Baeza to Yachana Lodge the route enters the region of the Oriente.

Driving Directions

From Quito, take E20 east toward Papallacta, Baeza, to the Hollin-Loreto-Coca left fork that will lead you toward Yachana.

Approximate travel time from Quito is 5.5 hours without stops. Add 2 hours to visit the thermal springs and another hour for lunch in Baeza.

Other options

If you want a complete point of view for the Amazon, you can do the One Way by surface and the Return Way by air.

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