Zaruma Ecuador

Zaruma is one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador, located in the province of El Oro and is the head of the namesake canton. Known for its colonial architecture, its gold mines, its friendly people and the beauty of its women that have made him the holder of several titles relieving their tangible and intangible values. It lies at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level in the Inter Andean. Zaruma colonial city that evokes the past for its architectural beauty, its tradition and culture. Its waterfalls and mountains unfold the fresh and pure scent of nature.

Data of interest

  • Region:Costa
  • Province:El Oro
  • Latitude:3° 41' 0" S
  • Length:79° 36' 0" O
  • Climate:10º C a 24º C
  • Population:23.418 (estimate 2008)
  • Foundation:June 25, 1824
  • Mayor:Ing. Rodrigo Correa Vasco
  • Zip code:EC092150
  • Area code:593 4
  • Currency:American dollar
  • Predominant language:Spanish
  • Airport:-
  • Distance from Quito:527 km. aprox.
  • Distance from Guayaquil:176 km. aprox.



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Information of Zaruma City

Zaruma is located in a mountainous area that is part of the mountains of Biscay, the same which is a branch of the Andes. The climate is sub-tropical, temperate and pleasant, because it has many impressive attractions.

Zaruma in Quechua means "corn head", a name attributed to the existing corn and gold mine, whose color is similar to an ear of corn.

This population was cantonizada on November 28, 1820, that is instituted before the Republic. In 1998 the Cultural Heritage Institute of Ecuador entered the city as a City Eligible Zaruma Cultural Heritage of Humanity with UNESCO, in this town was started authorities and citizens struggle to push forward.

The beauty of its women, the architecture of its houses century or early republican era, the urban area, the surrounding landscape, its people and other attributes make this unique city that has a resource potential and unique attractions.

Its historic center is very representative architectural stage, not just of the coast of Ecuador, but throughout South America. The buildings zarumeñas synthesize a wealth of decorative elements and a delicate meeting materials and traditional techniques, such as the use of mud and fine woods, cleverly decorated by the artisans of the time.

The facades of the houses are covered with wood, as well as arcades, balconies with turned balusters, stairs and wide doorways, hallways and lattices also embellish the architecture of the historic center.

The main economic activities of the inhabitants of Zaruma are gold mining, agriculture and livestock. To these are added tourism, as each year the city is visited by thousands of domestic and foreign tourists.

No doubt for the tourists one of the main attractions of the city of Zaruma is gastronomy. Here you can find a wide variety of dishes like rice area-mote with cheese or pork and plantains ocelot is shredded into pan and mixed with egg and cheese.

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