07 hours 30 minutes
jungle reserves, community tourism, wildlife
USD $ 17
Maximum comfort or class
14 departures daily
Price may fluctuate due to seasonal demand and other market-driven and regulatory events.
Buses from Tena to Lago Agrio
Perhaps like many, you started your Ecuador adventure by coming to Baños, then went to Tena and Misahuallí, a small town to the east of Tena where monkeys stroll around as casually as the people do.
Now you're ready to level up and head on over to the Magnificat of all Ecuadorean jungle destinations, Lago Agrio! There you'll be stationed as a base camp for excursions into the famed Cuyabeno and Yasuní rainforest reserves to see one wildlife spectacle after another.
Buses from Tena
Buses between Tena and Lago Agrio will be the same no matter where you go in the cloud forest and jungle east of the Ecuadorean Andes range. They are standard issue, older models, but clean and suited for the mostly flat highways that meander through the Amazon. Journeys through this region by bus are calm and less prone to drama experienced on the mountain and coastal buses. They make sure the air conditioning works, and unlike the mountains, they rarely stop to let food or product vendors on. You will still have to put up with either a Steven Segal film that has been replayed so many times the DVD is wearing thin, or a set of the driver's favorite salsa tunes. Whatever the annoyance, you'll get used to it if you haven't already. Or, invest in headphones, they come in handy!
How long is the bus ride from Tena to Lago Agrio?
Ah, that is the tricky part, because Lago Agrio is on the far end of a "loop trail", and so the buses sometimes choose to go up the west side of the loop and then back down the east side through Coca. Other buses go up the east side to get to Coca first and then come back around the west side. Either way, the average is about 7 and a half hours.
What is the cost of traveling by bus from Tena to Lago Agrio?
Bus tickets from Tena to Lago Agrio typically cost $20 USD. However, AndesTransit presently has seats available for as little as $17 USD. There are various factors that influence the price:
When you go
It is customary practice in the travel industry that weekends and holidays are more expensive. This is also true for bus travel in Ecuador, where tickets for this bus route are normally less expensive Monday through Thursday before the weekends begin and on Saturdays (in the middle of the weekend when everyone is staying put), but slightly more expensive on Fridays and Sundays. This is important to remember if you're on a tight budget and attempting to save a few dollars.
When you book
The longer ahead you buy your tickets, the less you'll have to spend because you'll be protected from future price increases.
What are the bus schedules from Tena to Lago Agrio?
Simply click the Reserve Now button above to see the whole, up-to-date timetable for this bus route; there is no obligation to buy.
Even though Latin American bus systems have greatly improved in the previous ten years, there are a few points to keep in mind.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that schedules can change at any time, and not all online booking platforms contain up-to-date schedules. Even the websites of some of the bus operators are hopelessly out-of-date.
But this is precisely why AndesTransit was founded. We can assure you that you get accurate bus schedules before you buy your ticket because we work directly with Latin America's greatest and most reputable bus companies.
This is something we've been doing for a long time, and we take satisfaction in constantly searching the bus operator's networks for updates and gossip, as well as from other travelers on the ground.
I'm looking for a place to buy bus tickets from Tena to Lago Agrio.
You have two alternatives when it comes to this:
Without a question, this is the choice we recommend. Booking online is safe and secure, and it assures that you receive the best available seat at the best possible price while saving you time and stress at the bus station.
If you want to travel from Tena to Lago Agrio, you can book a ticket with AndesTransit and rest certain that you'll obtain a guaranteed seat at the best price.
To be honest, we don't think this is a good idea. Sure, it's possible, but it's far from certain, especially if all of the other tickets have already been purchased by others who arrived before you or did so online!
Travel is extremely popular in Ecuador these days, and the route from Tena to Lago Agrio is getting more renowned every day. so why spend hours in a scorching bus terminal that is continuously monotonous when you could save all of that time by doing it online in less than five minutes?
What do I pass by on the way to Lago Agrio?
There are lots of worthy temptations to get off the bus and do some cloud forest hiking along the way if you don't mind losing your reserved seat.
Just north of Tena on the other side of Archidona, you can go on a fun and safe spelunking in the Jumandy Caves park. A lot of infrastructure has been built around the caves to allow for families to stay on the premises with alternative things to do for their kids, like swimming and amusement rides. But the real draw is the easy experience of going inside the caves, where you will get wet as you wade through cool water, so bring a change of clothes.
Outside Archidona in nearby Cotundo are some beautiful lodges and waterfall walks where you can encounter all manner of fascinating flora, including the enamored "dragon's blood", a tree sap that is used in place of band-aids and is also ingested internally to heal several illnesses.
If you want to imagine yourself in the legendary adventure of Francisco Orellana and Pizarro to discover the source of the Amazon, hike the famous stone Guacamoyas Trail in Cosanga where they began. Obviously, you won't make it to the Amazon, but they didn't know that!
Not much farther up the road is Ecuador's tallest waterfall, the San Rafael Falls near Salado, as well as Ecuador's most elusive and cranky volcano, El Reventador. The trek to the falls is easy, but the rangers have a pattern of closing it indiscriminately if there have been local landslides. You may have heard about this waterfall in 2020 when a huge sinkhole collapsed on top just ahead of it going over the escarpment, creating a new lake where there was none, and a new set of smaller falls going down to the sides of the main fall. So, the falls are not as thunderous as they used to be, but still, a beautiful and very easy hike to get there.
In stark contrast, the trek to Reventador is only for the most physically fit of hikers. You will still be hiking at altitude, even though it's a humid tropical forest, and there are no services along the way. Reventador is also an active volcano and has been known for violent explosions every few years, so proceed with much caution and please, go with a local guide.
Great white water river rafting trips await you in the Quijos river region, and the best spot to scout for a local outfitter is Baeza (which is also the connecting point if you want to go back to Quito).
Passing buses might pick you up from any of these spots if they have a seat available. Even if they don't have a seat, and just have standing room, they still might be fine to pick you up in order to earn a couple more bucks. However, you can't re-use your ticket from Tena. You would have to pay cash.
The bus may take the alternative path by going through Loreto to Coca and then to Lago Agrio. If this is the case, then the only part of the above side excursions that would be possible are the Jumandy Caves and Cotundo.