With just 16,000 inhabitants in the whole area it is one of the least populated areas in Ecuador. Zamora is the second most populous city in Zamora-Chinchipe after Yantzaza. It is located in the foothills of the Andes mountains at 970 m above sea level, on the convergence of the Zamora, Bombuscaro and Jamboé rivers. Zamora has experienced a boom in growth in recent years, attributed to the discovery of gold in the surrounding region. Zamora was originally a colonial town founded by the Spanish but was attacked by the Indians and reclaimed by the indigenous Indian groups that include the Shuar and Saraguro Indians whom you'll see from time to time milling around the neighborhood in their distinguishable black shorts.
The closest major airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport, located in Quito, 274 miles away. Once landed, visitors can take a bus to Zamora, or take a internal flight to Cuenca or Loja from Quito and then a bus to Zamora.
Zamora is home to a large section of the Podocarpus National Park. This park possess one of the highest bio-diversity areas on earth, contributing to the amazing beauty of this place.The area itself is cut up into two main areas, an upper pre-montane section which has sensational walking routes, the tropical cloud forest that is superb for birdwatching and the lower subtropical section, with remoter areas including virgin forest and endemic species of flora and fauna with a cost of around $5.00 to enter either area.
There are a limited number of restaurants in the city of Zamora. That list includes; Las Gemelitas, traditional Ecuadorian cuisine with set meals. In your way to the entrance of the Podocarpus National Park there are a lot of grocery stores, where visitors can purchase snacks and water. And if you're around the downtown area you might want to check out, the Chonta Dorada restaurant or the King Ice Fast food restaurant in front of the main park, which serves traditional dishes, such as ancas de rana, bullfrog fried legs or tilapia, sort of a fish pond.
there are plenty of hotels and a few cheap inns in Zamora like the Chonta Dorada or the Torres Internacional Hotel. if you have some extra money to spend you can try the Orillas del Zamora Hotel but if you have a pretty tight budget you can try the Hostal Seyma, 24 de Mayo and Amazonas st or the Hostal Zamora, Sevilla de Oro and Pio Jaramillo st.