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Zamora (Ecuador)

Practical information on Zamora

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 min from Salamanca by bus
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Zamora

Seasoned Traveller
168 written opinions

A city in the south of Ecuador, called the "Land of birds and waterfalls".

My suggestion:
If you want to visit Podocarpus National Park, prefer the city of Zamora to Loja as a point of entry - the vegetation there is far more spectacular!
My review

No one can deny that the south-east of the country is really very pleasant, both from the point of view of its landscape and the friendliness of the local population. Vilcabamba is certainly the most touristy spot, but its gringo, neo-hippy atmosphere is not everybody's cup of tea... 

Zamora is a pretty little village that is less popular, at least among foreign tourists. The main reason for stopping there during your trip to Ecuador is to discover or even bivouac in Podocarpus National Park. Of course, the city is also known for its clock, which is the largest in the world (its needle is over 11 metres in length); but I am not certain that this detail is enough to justify the visit... 

It's worth noting that the ecosystem of the park mentioned above is so rich that it is considered as the botanical garden of the Americas. Waterfalls, mountain streams, butterflies, centuries-old trees, hummingbirds: it's magical. With a Special Mention in my opinion for the beautiful Poderosa waterfalls.

Apart from that and the pleasant climate, there is not much else to be said about the city. Be that as it may, I really enjoyed my visit to the region and highly recommend it!

View of the Park
"Land of birds"
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