Nature Reserve in Zaruma

Reserva Buenaventura

Run by the Fundación Jocotoco, this 27-sq-km cloud-forest reserve is a fantastic spot for bird-watching. There are a number of short trails, simple wooden cabins (per person including full board $130), and a restaur…
Mine in Zaruma

La Mina el Sexmo

While Zaruma's mines are mostly exhausted or closed to visitors, you can step inside a 500m-long tunnel in La Mina el Sexmo. Guests don boots and a helmet and stroll into the earth (following a 10-minute video on th…
Church in Zaruma

Virgen del Carmen Church

The town's beautifully decorated church, with a white, mint green and gold interior, dates back to 1912, and is worth a look. It's located in the main plaza, and a good point of reference.