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Zamora (Ecuador)

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Zamora (Ecuador)

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Zamora is a city in southeastern Ecuador. it is the capital of Zamora Chinchipe province and cantonal head of Zamora Canton.


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.

Get in

The closest major airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport, located in Quito, 274 miles away. Once landed, visitors can take a bus or a taxi into Zamora.

Get around


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.

  • Ecuador Tierra Viva Travel Company [1] offers an 8 day tourthrough the provinces of Loja and Zamora Chinchipe, passing through two different geographical regions of Ecuador (Highland or Andes Region and Amazonian Basin Region), two different ecosystems (lower montane rain forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes and dry shrub forest) and two different native cultures (Saraguro and Shuar). Also, you'll engage in community tourism, ethnic tourism and nature tourism and in activities such as camping, hiking and nature interpretation.
  • Orquideario Paphinia, some 2 km away from town is a greenhouse which is actually developing a great collection of over 3000 native plants including orchids and aroids, as well as living samples of useful timber trees, medicinal plants, edible native plants and many other ornamental plants and shrubs.


There are a limited number of restaurants in the city of Zamora. That list includes; Las Gemelitas, traditional Ecuadorian cuisine with set meals. At the entrance of the Podocarpus National Park there is a King Burger, where visitors can purchase snacks. And if you're in the marketplace you might want to check out Esmeralda, a well-known restaurant which serves traditional courses.



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