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| Natural Parks & Mining | Zamora |
| Podocarpus National Park | Palphinia |
| Chicaña River | Natentza Farm | Viewpoints |
| Traditions | Cuisine | Map of Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador |

Natural Parks and Gold Mining

Zamora-Chinchipe, in southeastern Ecuador, is home to a variety of reserves such as Podocarpus National Park. The geography here is extremely varied due to the influence of the Eastern and Condor highland areas. The area’s climate is wet tropical and its average temperature is 18 degrees centigrade.


Zamora

Situated at the confluence of the Zamora and Bombuscara rivers, Zamora is a growing provincial capital. The province as a whole is rich in natural beauty and has a wealth of plant and animal species - tapirs, capibaras, guatusas, pumas, birds, and insects – as does the city of Zamora. The area is also the country’s mining capital, with gold mines in Nambija, Chinapinza, and Guayzimi.

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Podocarpus National Park

This cloud forest, stretching west to east from the city of Loja to Zamora, has many rivers and various species of bird in its 146,200 hectares. Elevations in the park vary from 1,000 to 3,000 meters with temperatures varying from 8 to 20 degrees centigrade. The Park also has more than 100 lakes and an uncountable number of waterfalls and canyons and a myriad of plants and mammals. The Park was originally established in order to protect the Podocarpus populations that thrive within its borders.

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Palphinia

Located just 5 km from Zamora, this greenhouse has many species of orchids.

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Beaches of the Chicaña River

Chicaña farm, which breeds sheep and pigs, has lovely natural beaches. It’s located 55km from Zamora.

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Natentza Farm

You can fish in the Nangaritza River from this cattle ranch, located 70 km from the provincial capital. Equipment can be rented on site.

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Viewpoints

There are three interesting lookout points in the province - Araunjo (on the Puyo-Macas road), Mera (Puyo-Baños road), and Puyopungo (Macas road).

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Traditions

Shigras(bags), hammocks, seed necklaces, chonta decorations, and spears are just a few of the area's locally produced, handcrafted artisan wares.

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Cuisine

As in Pastaza, fish and palm heart maytos, guanta, guatusa and danta stew, sancocho, empanadas, yucca bread, and humitas are the most typical dishes of this region. Chicha made from yucca or banana is also popular as is Shuar chicha.

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Map of Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador


Province's Capital Road Cities
Fishing Handicrafts Ethnic Group
Podocarpus

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| Natural Parks & Mining | Zamora |
| Podocarpus National Park | Palphinia |
| Chicaña River | Natentza Farm | Viewpoints |
| Traditions | Cuisine | Map of Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador |

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