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Macas to Zamora, Ecuador - I Love Bus Travel In Ecuador, The Windows Open

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2011   » View Photoset (56 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I stopped for a night in Macas, I was traveling the Oriente road in Ecuadors jungle and had come from Puyo in the north. Macas is a fairly small place and not
Ecuador Photo - The mountain near San Juan Bosco north of Gualaquiza.
The mountain near San Juan Bosco north of Gualaquiza.
overly attractive apart from the Upano river and jungles surrounding it. Macas is known as a place to come to experience living with an indigenous family or community for a few days and a place to do jungle trips. There are 3 volcanoes nearby in Sangay National Park, they are active and it's possible to view them as well as some of the wildlife there. Rafting on the Upano river is another activity offered in the city of Macas. I didn't plan on doing any of these things, I just wanted to have a quick look around the city and move on this time.

Views in Macas

I took a walk to the park and cathedral called Santuario Catedral 'Purisima de Macas'
Ecuador Photo - The river beside the town of Zumbi, between Yantzaza and Zamora.
The river beside the town of Zumbi, between Yantzaza and Zamora.
and payed a coin to go up the stairs to the belltower and balcony at the top. There are some pretty good views of the whole Macas area from up here - the city, mountains, jungle and river. I went up the road from the cathedral to another lookout point where there were a fews birds to see amongst the trees plus more views of the river.

Bus 6hrs 30mins to Gualaquiza

I was ready to go to the bus terminal. I wanted to get south to Zamora. But first I had to get to Gualaquiza which is 6hrs 30mins away and then to Zamora from there. The bus ticket from Macas to Gualaquiza cost $8USD, it's around 190kms in distance. It is a great journey through small towns and villages built amongst the jungle. The bus passes through a bunch of places including El Paraiso, Arapicos, Metsankim, Santa Marianita and stopped briefly in
Ecuador Photo - The blue church in Cumbaratza.
The blue church in Cumbaratza.
Sucua at the bus terminal.

Lunch in Mendez

We continued on through Huambi and stopped in Mendez for 30mins for a lunch break. I visited the central plaza and park and took a few photos while in Mendez. There are monuments to Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), a writer and laywer and to Eudofilo Alvarez (1876-1940), the founder of Mendez. Mendez is near the river and there are a few hostels in town, the people seem friendly. A group of guys wanted me to take their photo while I was in the park.

Limon

Just over an hour later we pass through the town of Limon, a small place in the jungle hills with the river running through the middle of it. A short time later we came to Indanza.

Activities in Indanza

There are a few things to do in Indanza including riding the cable-car across the river and seeing some petroglyphs which are rock engravings
Ecuador Photo - Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), a writer and lawyer, monument in the park in Mendez.
Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), a writer and lawyer, monument in the park in Mendez.
at Petroglifos El Catasho. As you leave Indanza you will see a big mountain or volcano in the distance.

San Juan Bosco

The next place you come to is San Juan Bosco, shortly after passing through the big mountain is directly on the left. It was starting to get dark when we passed through a village with a small orange church 50mins later, the road now was unsealed and bumpy.

Sleep in Gualaquiza

In the early evening I arrived in Gualaquiza and learned that it was another 3-4hrs to Zamora so I decided to sleep the night and continue south at first light. Gualaquiza is a lovely little place with steep roads in the center, it was easy to find a cheap but good bed 5mins from the bus terminal. I rose at 4:30am and cooked eggs on my hot-plate in my room and took a 6am bus to Zamora.

Gualaquiza to Zamora

The journey takes just under 4hrs but we did stop at various bus terminals along the way. I really enjoyed this leg of the trip, all of the little towns and villages and lots of little jungle churches,
Ecuador Photo - The colorful monument of 3 local people of Zumbi.
The colorful monument of 3 local people of Zumbi.
at least 15-20. From Gualaquiza to Zamora is 117kms and to Loja is 177kms. To Cuenca is 157kms, Sigsig 97kms, Yantzaza 72kms, Los Encuentros 53kms, Chiguinda 52kms and El Pangui 35kms.

Cloud Forests Near Yantaza

You pass through amazing cloud forests and cross bridges over the river running beside the road many times. We got to Yantaza and stopped here for at least 20mins. There is a monument outside the bus terminal of a military man with a gun. Across the road is a hillside full of skinny trees. From here it is 9kms to Zumbi, 40kms to Zamora and Loja is 97kms.

Zumbi

Stopping next in Zumbi which is a nice place with its park, church and a few monuments. It's across the bridge on the other side of the river from the main road. A colorful monument of 3 men from different local cultures stands at the junction - a native Indian with a spear, another with a knife and a man reads from a book.

La Saguea to Zamora

15mins later we arrived at the bridge in La Saguea, in fact there are 2 bridges. The road winds gently through the most beautiful moist green terrain, its paved and in good condition and we go over more bridges. By 10am I had arrived in Zamora where I planned to spend a few days.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Macas to Zamora (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Macas to Zamora, Ecuador. I love bus travel in Ecuador with the windows open! Traveling the Oriente road in Ecuador's jungle passing through small towns along the way south to Zamora!
 A : Puyo - Ecuador 90 kms 90 kms straight distance | 2hrs 17mins 2hrs 17mins by car (138 kms) | 2hrs 44mins 2hrs 44mins by bus (138 kms) (138 kms)
 B : Riobamba & Colta Lagoon - Ecuador 91 kms 91 kms straight distance | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by car (163 kms) | 4hrs 4hrs by bus (163 kms) (163 kms)
 C : Alausi - Ecuador 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 3hrs 26mins 3hrs 26mins by car (186 kms) | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by bus (186 kms) (186 kms)
 D : Banos - Ecuador 104 kms 104 kms straight distance | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by car (193 kms) | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by bus (193 kms) (193 kms)
 E : Cuenca - Ecuador 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 4hrs 27mins 4hrs 27mins by car (206 kms) | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by bus (206 kms) (206 kms)
 F : Tena - Ecuador 148 kms 148 kms straight distance | 3hrs 29mins 3hrs 29mins by car (212 kms) | 4hrs 10mins 4hrs 10mins by bus (212 kms) (212 kms)
 G : Ambato - Ecuador 127 kms 127 kms straight distance | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by car (222 kms) | 5hrs 24mins 5hrs 24mins by bus (222 kms) (222 kms)
 H : Guaranda - Ecuador 122 kms 122 kms straight distance | 4hrs 35mins 4hrs 35mins by car (246 kms) | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by bus (246 kms) (246 kms)
 I : Latacunga - Ecuador 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by car (260 kms) | 5hrs 55mins 5hrs 55mins by bus (260 kms) (260 kms)
 J : Pujili - Ecuador 160 kms 160 kms straight distance | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by car (268 kms) | 5hrs 52mins 5hrs 52mins by bus (268 kms) (268 kms)
 K : Saquisili - Ecuador 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 5hrs 13mins 5hrs 13mins by car (282 kms) | 6hrs 15mins 6hrs 15mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 L : Zamora - Ecuador 216 kms 216 kms straight distance | 4hrs 39mins 4hrs 39mins by car (282 kms) | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 M : Machachi - Ecuador 203 kms 203 kms straight distance | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by car (318 kms) | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 N : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 181 kms 181 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by car (333 kms) | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by bus (333 kms) (333 kms)
 O : Guayaquil - Ecuador 218 kms 218 kms straight distance | 7hrs 14mins 7hrs 14mins by car (400 kms) | 8hrs 40mins 8hrs 40mins by bus (400 kms) (400 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Macas to Zamora, Ecuador:

Hostal Los Canelos, Macas, Ecuador - Large Photo
Hostal Los Canelos, Macas, Ecuador (October 2018 - 2 nights) - The location is great being in the center of Macas on a street with many options in accommodation! $20 for a large room for 2 people with private bathroom. The problem was that the room had only one window that opened and ended up being far too hot being on the sunny corner of the building. With no fan or air conditioner, the room didn't cool down until the middle of the night. Just be aware of that, apart from that it is a good budget hostel.
Residencial Mayflower, Macas, Ecuador - Large Photo
Residencial Mayflower, Macas, Ecuador (July 2011 - 1 night) - A basic and cheap room in the center of Macas with a tv, bathroom is shared. Not flash bad not horrible.

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