Top things to do in Zaruma

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…
Pizza in Zaruma

Pizza Pimini

This simple little cafe with white walls and chunky pine tables serves hand-prepared pizzas. Order a classic margherita, salami and ham, tuna and onion, or a Hawaiian. All are made with fresh tomato sauce and mozzar…
Ecuadorian in Zaruma

200 Millas/Cafe Zarumeno

A 10-minute walk downhill to the left from Plaza de la Independencia you'll find Zaruma's top restaurant. Part coffee shop and part Ecuadorian eatery, dishes include meat every which way (breaded, fried or barbecued…
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…
International in Zaruma


Right next to the church, Tertulia has the best location in town with outdoor seats facing Plaza de la Independencia. Inside, the small cafe has a stylish lounge-like vibe and serves up sandwiches, waffles, ice crea…
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.
Ecuadorian in Zaruma

Rincon Zarumeño

A good no-nonsense cafeteria-style choice on the main road, with grilled meats, roast chicken and mixed rice, plus inexpensive lunch specials.