Podocarpus National Park, Zamora

4.6
#84 of 272 in Parks in Ecuador
#Nature / Park, #Must See
Hike through the dense green jungle at Podocarpus National Park to get up close and personal with Mother Nature's diversity. The national reserve supports a wide range of wildlife and vegetation: 4,000 species of plants, 68 species of mammals, 560 species of birds, and over 1,200 different insects have been identified. The jungle's most populous residents include frogs, lizards, snakes, birds, bears, and jaguars. Your adventure will take you past dramatic scenery including waterfalls, rivers, and panoramic views of surrounding mountain ranges. Drive or take a taxi to the entrance, then walk 15-20 minutes to the administrative center, where you'll learn about the different trails you can take through the park. Bring an extra set of clothing and waterproof boots, as you will get wet. Take a look at our Zamora online trip planner to schedule your visit to Podocarpus National Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful space in the jungle, full of waterfalls and wild animals. Guaranteed fun. They must wear sunscreen and cream against mosquitoes.
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  • A $4 taxi ride from Zamora will take you to the park entrance. From there you'll need to walk in 15-20 minutes to the park center (a lovely little hike in and of itself). Upon arrival, you'll need to ...  more »
  • Visit the powerful waterfall (which is the largest (it is a nice casacada where you can swim and enjoy a moment of relaxation in a water cold, from the entrance of the Park are 25 minutes approximately walking)
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  • Beautiful place with short and long trails not suitable for those non fit enough or disabled. Did only 1 km to the "mirador" . Good short hiking (45 min up) for rewarding views of Loja and magnificent mountains around. Other trails for serious hikers and enough time. Better to visit in dry months or when skies are clear. Register at arrival ask park guards for open trails etc. Don't leave the trails. Bathrooms not available along the route. Bring enough water and granola.
  • Beautiful place to visit and be in the middle of nature
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  • Very relaxing. Trails in good condition. Easy access
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  • It is a very pleasant place for people who like to enjoy being within a forest. Don't forget to bring a warm sweater, it usually tends to rain and the wind is strong.
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  • Wonderful! 100% nature
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60 days in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America & United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America, United States, Canada, South Pacific, Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM TURKEY July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Zamora BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Zamora BY A USER FROM ECUADOR April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Loja BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Zamora BY A USER FROM ECUADOR November, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 33 days in Loja BY A USER FROM ECUADOR September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Loja BY A USER FROM ECUADOR December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
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