Podocarpus National Park, Zamora

4.5
#98 of 313 in Parks in Ecuador
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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  • Entrance to the park is free The natural environment is beautiful It is well maintained, there are rangers but no guides The self-guided trails are easily accessible
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  • We went to the Podocarpus by Zamora. Then De15 min in a taxi that we charge $4 we got to the parking lot. From there you walk about 20 min until you reach the interpretation centre. The place is wonderful, green everywhere, butterflies accompany the trail, water everywhere and certain birds. We stayed one night and visited the Mighty Waterfall (10min), The gossip (5 min). We went to the River Bombuscaro (5 min) and went up to the viewpoint (50 min). We just missed the 8-hour Higuerones trail. The Podocarpus and its marked trails are worth a visit. The place has free shelters. You can go with sleeping bag and prepared for mosquitoes.
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  • Big place, full of new adventures and is a great experience around the different ecosystems it has
  • Fantastic birdwatching. Stayed at Casa Simpson in the Jocotoco reserve.
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