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It is a canton in the province of Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador. The origin of its name is due to the presence of the city and cantonal head of Zamora.

The canton is known for being one of the first cantons and one with the largest territorial extension in the province. The Zamora canton is the entrance of the Sierra region from the city of Loja to the rest of the province through the Loja-Zamora highway on a 57 km RVE E50 kilometer stretch.

In the decades of the 80s and 90s, product of the gold exploitation in the Nambija and Chinapintza deposits, the city has experienced great growth; in addition to a remarkable economic growth due to the immigration of its inhabitants and the remittances received mainly from European countries. A large part of its inhabitants are originally from the province of Loja. It is called "Capital of Paradise" given the constant presence of various birds and waterfalls that stand out from the ravines that surround the city. It is one of the main settlements in the south of the Amazon region. One of the most important administrative, economic, financial and commercial centers of the Amazon. The main activities of the city are commerce and agriculture.

Climate Canton Zamora

Zamora has a tropical rainy climate of 20 ° C on average.

Flora Canton Zamora

In its forests you can find an Edenic biodiversity in which fine wood trees in danger of extinction and of importance for the wood industry stand out, such as: romerillo, guayacán, laurel, pituca, camphor, aguacatillo, yumbingue, almond tree, among others.

Native fruit plants some little known, and countless unknown species: quince, tree peanut, cocoa sacha, caimarona grape, iñaco, bejuco peanut, among others.

Among the epiphytes mostly of ornamental value, we have: orchids, araceae, bromeliads, among others. Several species crawlers, vines, climbers. Some aquatic plants in its ravines, lakes and lagoons.

Medicinal, aromatic and hallucinogenic plants: guayusa, natema, guabiduca, blood grade, carqueja, horsetail, among others.

On the forest floor and undergrowth are found, a variety of ferns such as tree ferns, Cyclaceae and mosses. On the slopes of the ericáceas and heliconiáceas roads of ornamental value.

Orchids Canton Zamora

Catasetum stevensonii
Cyclopogon sprucei
Masdevallia dalessandroi
Masdevallia figueroae
Masdevallia manchinazae
Masdevallia panguiensis
Masdevallia zumbae
Paphinia zamorae
Psygmorchis zamorensis
Warmingia Zamorana

Fauna Canton Zamora

Mammals are found such as: pumas, jaguars, tigrillos, spectacled bears, dantas, white-tailed deer, Andean wolves, river wolves, capybaras, bales, agoutis, armadillos, coatis, peccaries and a variety of monkeys, among others.

An infinite number of birds such as: cocks of the rock, jocotocos, guataracos, orioles, guácharos, hummingbirds, parrots, mount pavas, toucans, chickens, hawks, owls, eagles, woodpeckers, kingfishers, herons, grouse, partridges, pigeons , among others.

An infinity of amphibians and reptiles, which include frogs and snakes such as: boa, anaconda, coral, x, macanche, rotten leaf, yamunga, among others.

An infinity of fish in its rivers such as: catfish, zumba, eel, corroncho, tilapia, trout, bocachico, white, guancha, old, sabina, among others.

An infinity of insects such as: butterflies, wasps, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, praying mantises, in which the bees stand out as: euglossas, eulaemas, xylocopas, ninbuches, pichirros, vermilion, catanas, morojas and cushions; and ants like: culona or arriera ant, conga ant, bone head ants, Russian male ants, among others.

Economic development Canton Zamora

Zamora is a city of wide commercial activity. The city is the largest economic and commercial center of the province of Zamora Chinchipe and one of the main ones in the south of the Amazon region. It houses large financial and commercial organizations in the country. Its economy is based on commerce, tourism and agriculture. The largest extraction industries in the city are made up of timber and agriculture (fish farming, poultry farming, etc.). The main income of the Zamoranos is formal and informal commerce, business, agriculture and aquaculture; The commerce of the great majority of the population consists of SMEs and micro enterprises, adding in an important way the informal economy that employs thousands of people.

The commercial activity and the benefits they provide are also seen at the corporate level, the opportunities of the private sector to develop business models that generate economic, environmental and social value, are reflected in the development of new structures, private investment has been part of The process of the city's growth, real estate projects, private developments, and offices have been increasing, making the city a strategic and attractive point for doing business in the Amazon.

Zamora Canton cultures and traditions

Pachamama is the party of the chonta who lives the Shuar nationality, also collects the parties that make the saraguros, called the “supalata”, which consists of thanking Mother Earth for the products she offers.

In Zamora the Carnival parade is famous, because the neighborhoods of the city and special guests participate; Allegorical cars and comparsas are prepared, combining with the election of the queen of "Birds and Waterfalls" where representatives of the Amazonian cantons and the Ecuadorian Austro participate.

Zamora is one of the best places to enjoy the carnival because of its climate, its people, and its tourist places. On November 3 the Zamora Chinchipe provincialization festivities begin. It begins with the parade of floats by García Moreno, José Luís Tamayo, Diego de Vaca, May 24, Amazonas, Av. Del Maestro, arriving at the Terrestrial Terminal.

The participating cantons Yanzatza, Nangaritza, El Pangui, Paquisha, Sentinel of the Condor, Palanda, Chinchipe and Zamora. The parade is adorned by candidates for queen of the province of the ethnic groups. Colonists: Hispana, Saraguros: Inti Ñusta and Shuaras: Shiram Nua of the different cantons, who are transported by their respective floats.

Zamora Canton Typical Meals

Zamora Chinchipe, besides being a province rich in natural resources, is also known for its gastronomic richness. Below are some of the dishes you can taste when visiting this paradisiacal sector.


The Ayampacos are a traditional preparation of the Amazon, they are part of one of the most important cultural experiences for those who want to know Zamora Chinchipe and its customs; This dish can be acquired mainly in the cantons of Zamora, Sentinel of the Condor, El Pangui, Yacuambi, Nangaritza, Paquisha and Yantzaza.


This dish is identified by being prepared with products and ingredients typical of the area such as the corroncho (variety of fish existing in the ravines and rivers of the province), herbs and natural condiments typical of the place. The high nutritional value and the exquisite flavor of the corroncho, make this dish very appealing to visitors. It is prepared by the three ethnic groups, Shuar, Saraguro and Mestizo, you can taste it in the cantons of Zamora, Yantzaza, El Pangui and Nangaritza.


Traditional drink of the Shuar ethnic group. The main ingredient for processing is cassava, it is grown in their own gardens. This drink can be found in the Shuar communities of the different cantons of the province.


It is a drink that has been consumed since centuries past by the Shuar ethnic group, according to the tradition of this culture, it can be found in Shuar communities throughout the province. This preparation is done in gratitude to Mother Earth for the generosity of her fruits. The chonta's production time includes the months from May to August.


Traditional dish very desired by own and strangers. You can taste in the cantons of Zamora and Yantzaza.


It is a representative dish, it is found in the 9 cantons of the province of Zamora Chinchipe, prepared mainly by the mestizo or colonna ethnic group, but tasted and appreciated by the three existing ethnic groups. Likewise, it is important to mention that it has great acceptance by the people who visit the province. Its production is maintained throughout the year, by breeding fans.


Mainly mestizo tradition, this dish can be purchased in all the cantons of the province.


This dish is consumed at the level of the province, at the time of production of this fruit.


The Guayusa plant is found throughout the Chinchipe canton, it is a drink that contains vitamins, in addition to having an exquisite flavor.


This is a traditional liquor from Canton Zamora, it is prepared with guarapo, bull's nerve, leg and beef tongue accompanied by tropical fruits.


It is a very simple drink to prepare, traditional in all the cantons of the province, it can be consumed in cantonal, parochial parties, educational events and other events.


It is a traditional drink of the canton Yantzaza, prepared with the fruit arazá or quince, is consumed mainly in social, cultural celebrations, religious holidays, among others.


This delicacy is prepared based on panela and peanut, this sweet taste for young and old, you can enjoy it in the Zamora canton in the parish of Timbara.


It is a dessert introduced from the mountains, adapted to the customs of the Amazon. It can be acquired at the provincial level.


It is a typical dish of the Chinchipe canton, you can taste it in the months of November and December, season of abundance. The culona ants are brown in color, penetrate the earth forming large holes, have a maximum development of 2.5 to 3 cm long and usually fly. They are prepared toasted, in cake and in broth.


This dish is typical of the Amazon that for years has served as a nutrient for the inhabitants of the Shuar ethnic group. Mukindes are edible worms that can be consumed fried or raw, the characteristic of these is because of its abundant fat.


It is a tradition of the Saraguros, they prepare their food with products from their crops to share and eat all together. This dish is made in gratitude to Mother Earth for blessing her products and making them occur. Among the foods that are made are: cheeses, bread, mote, chicken, guinea pig, Chinese potatoes, molo, cassava, plantain, beans, cheese, among others.

Tourist places in Zamora

Zamora waterfalls

From the Sabanilla parish on the Loja-Zamora road, there are many waterfalls of the different tributary streams of the Zamora River, the most striking are: La Gentil Waterfall, Manto de Novia Waterfall, La Rapida Waterfall and Chorrillos Waterfall. The Chorrillos Waterfall in the El Limón parish, the largest of all, will be part of a project for the construction of a hydroelectric power plant as in San Ramón.

There is also another waterfall with no name, on the road to Genairo leaving through the Yaguarzongo neighborhood.

The Biggest Clock in the World in Zamora

It is built in the urban area of ​​the city of Zamora, a place conducive to develop cultural activities such as: exhibitions, etc. The hands were constructed with selected metals according to their properties through the exclusive software for this purpose. The stainless steel used in the machines contains chromium, nickel and other alloy elements, that is, it is a stainless steel resistant to the climate of the environment.

Although nature is the symbol of the province of Zamora, it is located on the hill "el tejar" and occupies an area of ​​1600 m2 of adequate slope adequate with a geogrid to prevent surface erosion, the length of the minute hand It is 14.67m and has a weight of 375 kg, while the horero has a length of 11.07m and a weight of 325 kg.

´Rio Bombuscaro in Zamora

Its name comes from the Wampushkar shuar which means “clear waters”, it is known because in the forests that surround it there is a diversity of endemic birds.

Suitable place for recreation, environmental education and hiking; because it has suspension bridges and trails. According to legend, who bathes in the crystalline waters of Bombuscaro, can never forget Zamora and will stay or return to this beautiful land.


Located between the provinces of Zamora Chinchipe and Loja, its name comes from Romerillo or Podocarpus, the only conifer native to Ecuador, a species of trees that form small forests in the foothills of the mountain range. The temperature in the high zone ranges between 8 and 15 ° C and in the low zone it is 20 ° or more temperate and permanently humid

As for its birdlife, this area stands out as one of the richest in the world, there have been more than 630 species, which represent about 40% of the birds that exist in Ecuador, species such as the umbrella bird are found , the cock of the rock, parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and thongs.


Located in the urban area of ​​the city of Zamora, on the right bank of the Zamora river. Site conducive to develop cultural activities such as: exhibitions, plays, music concerts.


Only 20 km from the city of Zamora on the road to Loja, is the waterfall "Velo de Novia", named in this way because its falls and water color generate a similarity with a wedding veil; It is also known as "The Fast", for the speed of the fall of its waters that arise from the foothills of the Podocarpus National Park.

This waterfall, due to the breadth it has and the space it occupies on the road, is considered a stage and a mandatory stop for all who pass through the place.

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Ecuador country of 4 worlds, in one place...!

Ecuador, officially called the Republic of Ecuador, is a sovereign country located in the northwestern region of South America. Bordered on the North by Colombia, Northwest with Peru, to the South and to the East with the Peru. The Pacific Ocean bathes the western coast, and separates it from the Galapagos Islands located thousand kilometers to the West.

Soo close Quito the capital of the Andes, stands the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. It is currently one of the most traditional and culturally better preserved on the planet, it has 5 nominations for the Cultural heritage of humankind, two natural heritage of humanity and over 20 candidates for other commemorations of the Unesco .

History of the Ecuador

The first human settlements in Ecuadorian territory date back to 12 000 to.C., subsequently developed several pre-Columbian peoples. After the definitive independence from Spanish rule, part of the territory joined quickly the Gran Colombia, while the coastal territory remained independent until the annexation by manu militari by Simón Bolívar. In 1830 the Colombian territories of the South seceded and created the Ecuadorian nation.In 1979, the country returned to democratic system, although political instability between 1996 to 2006 led the country into an economic, political and social crisis, resulting in the dollarization of its economy and toppled three Presidents before the end of its mandate.

The Ecuador culture

Rag dolls representing the indigenous culture of Ecuador is a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation.It should consider the ethnic and regional diversity of Ecuador to analyze their culture. Ethnically it is marked by the presence of mestizos and indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, white; as well as regions such as the coast, the sierra, the East and the insular region, all of them with very rich specificities.

The Ecuador climate

The country has a tropical and humid climate, the air quality is very good by the presence of large natural forests, national parks, and the Amazon rainforest.

Geography of the Ecuador

Ecuador is located on the terrestrial Equator by which its territory is located in both hemispheres.The country has an area of 283,561 square kilometers. It is divided into four natural regions (La Costa, Sierra, the Amazon and the Insular region or Galapagos), in turn is divided administratively into 24 provinces.
In the Pacific coast are the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabi, Los Rios, Guayas, Santa Elena and El Oro.In the Andes, in the North and central are Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Chimborazo, in the South are Bolivar, Cañar, Azuay and Loja.In the Amazon, on the other hand are succumbing, Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe and in the island, the Galapagos Islands, made up of 13 main islands region.

The Ecuador economy

Ecuador is a major exporter of bananas (first place worldwide in its production and export), flowers, and the eighth World producer of cocoa.Petroleum accounts for 40% of exports and contributes to maintaining a positive trade balance.

Festivals in the Ecuador

  • Easter, many of the provinces celebrated on this date, with regional events.
  • November 2, the Difuntos.
  • 25 of December day, they celebrate Christmas, sharing in family.
  • 331 December, farewell of the year.

Regions natural of the Ecuador

Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, Costa and the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador national parks

Parque Nacional Yasuní, Cotopaxi, Sangay National Park, National Park Podocarpus, El Cajas National Park, National Park Machalilla National Park.

Languages spoken in Ecuador

Ecuador speaks the Spanish throughout the territory, also Quechua indigenous populations of the Sierra and the Amazon, but as it is a country with a tourist infrastructure in development, can be guides in several languages; It is possible to speak in English at the points of attention to tourists called "iTur"; created by the Ministry of tourism also in airports, Bus Terminal, municipalities and others find information points.

Shopping in Ecuador

We recommend going to the handicrafts market of Otavalo, located about 2 hours (120 km) of Quito city, there you can get variety of souvenirs and handicrafts that are found in the rest of the Andean region.And don't forget Cotacachi, a town with cute works in leather of high quality.
In the city of Cuenca also can be purchased pottery, textiles, jewelry, crafts in toquilla straw, wrought iron, etc.

Food typical of the Ecuador

Ecuador has a variety of typical food, in each of the natural regions, such as Costa, Sierra and East have their own typical food, in the East can eat a Chontacuro (worms grilled on skewer), in the Sierra you can eat a delicious "fry pork", a hornado, llapingachos, the Guinea pig, the classic "sing" in Cuenca, and a fish coconut coast, prieta salt, green bolon or ceviche de concha and many more dishes.In Manabi most importantly the food is tanning with lemon and fresh fish.

  • Pope locro, is a stew with squash, beans, corn or potatoes.
  • Roast Cuy or Guinea.
  • Cebiche or ceviche, this dish is very consumed in the coastal area.
  • Encebollado, is a stew of fish containing Yucca and pickled red onions.
  • Cuy or Guinea pig, is usually roasted.
  • Bolón de pescado
  • Bolón, is based green bananas broiled or fried previously.
  • Fritada is another delicious dish of Ecuador.Not be left confused by the name, is not a dish of fried meat.The meat of pig or pork is cooked in plenty of water and orange juice with cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper until the water has been consumed to be completed. Then the meat begins to Brown in its own fat. Also is it accompanied by mote (boiled maize).

Drinks and fun in Ecuador

There are many clubs and bars in constant renewal in the country.

  • A reference point for nightlife is Montañita where Sun, surf, beach and joy.
  • In Guayaquil, there are bars and clubs for all tastes.
  • In Quito, the area of fun, dancing, alcohol is known as the Mariscal. Current law restricts the opening of bars and nightclubs on holidays; the days Friday and Saturday until 2:00 am, on Sunday the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited.

Lodging in Ecuador

Ecuador has a good hotel infrastructure for all kinds of tourists, from Hostels up to Super exclusive luxury hotels such as the Hilton Hotel Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark, among others. All this is thanks to the good tourist development that has had the country in recent years.
If you need more information about where to stay, we recommend you to enter this link: Lodging in Ecuador and review the tourism infrastructure that exists in all of the Ecuador.

Tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador lies within the countries more diverse in its ecosystem and for this reason National Geographic categorized it within the top 10 tourist destinations in adventure.

Cultural in Ecuador tourist attractions

Historic center of Quito, Mitad del Mundo, Ingapirca ruins, historic centre of Cuenca, Latacunga, and much more.Come and visit Ecuador!

Natural tourist attractions in Ecuador

Galapagos Islands, National Park Yasuní, National Park El Cajas National Park Sangay, Parque nacional Podocarpus, Vilcabamba, bathrooms.
Glaciers and volcanoes: Antisana, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo Illinizas.El is the volcano and highest mountain of Ecuador, is the farthest from the center of the Earth, and «the point closest to the Sun». Its last known eruption is believed that you occurred around the 550 dC.
Beaches: Crucita, Atacames, Bahía de Caráquez, Esmeraldas, Manta, Salinas, Montañita

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Galapagos Islands are worldwide known for their wide biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution.We present you 5 facts that perhaps you didn't know about the Enchanted Islands.

The term "Enchanted islands" first appeared on a map in 1589.Sailors nicknamed thus to the Galapagos Islands, by referring to these "appeared and disappeared", since due to the sea currents strong, access to the Islands was limited at certain times of the year. The nickname transcended over the years and today is still saying that the Islands are "delighted", but referring now to the great biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The Galapagos marine iguana, is the only species of reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life under water.

The Islands are named for the giant tortoises that live there (the Galapagos word meaning turtle). This species can reach up to 16 hours a day to sleep and mainly feeds on cacti that grow there.

In keeping with the turtles, originally there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are completely extinct, so there are only 10. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunting them for their meat and oil.

The Galapagos Islands were part of the second world war! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the United States Government build a runway with strategic aims in the Islands.When the war ended, the Americans abandoned the place. That track currently serves as the main airport of the Islands, which welcomes the year thousands of passengers.