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Edited by: veit on 21.12.2003 veit on 26.08.2003
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lugar de transito , pequeño pueblo cerca de la costa del a selva y la sierra
-The fabulously unique historic center of Zaruma with its colorful wooden balconies, colonial architecture, and newly renovated colored brick streets and wrought iron street lamps.
-Mines. Zaruma is in the middle of the longest-running gold mining center in South America and there are a huge number of mines, both active, and inactive in the area. You can even enter one of them that has been set up as a tourist mine for free.
-Waterfalls. There are many large and exciting waterfalls to be seen in the surrounding countryside, some of which are only a short ride away, other which require hours of rugged hiking. (I love hiking)
-Mountains. Zaruma is at 1200 meters (4,000 feet) in the Ecuadorian Andes, and is surrounded by magnificent views of the ridges and valleys of the region. Day hikes or overnight excursions can be made to two truly unique places, Cerro Chivaturco and Cerro de Arcos. Chivaturco is a forested, round-topped mountain to the northeast with a summit at more than 8,000 feet. The hike takes about an hour and a half from the road and you can camp on top. There are Cañari indian ruins and innumerable exotic plant and bird species to see along the way!
Cerro de Arcos is also 1.5 hours hiking time from the road and is a fantastic landscape composed of an eroded ancient volcanic core. There are huge arches, caves, and ragged stone pinnacles ideal for scrambling or rock climbing, although it does get very cold and windy a lot of the year. It's a truly unique experience to sleep in a cave at almost 13,000 feet and get attacked in the night by rare hummingbirds!
-Food. Zaruma´s signature plate is TIGRILLO, an amazing dish made with platano, eggs, and cheese. It´s very filling, very tasty, and is best when served topped with beef, pork, or chicken and a side of the famous and exquisite Zaruman coffee, grown here at altitude. I'll show you where to buy it from the source!
Beaches and camping in the wild