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There are a number of places to explore around Vilcabamba and I have by no means explored them all. Much more to come in this section in the future
About 2 hour drive from Loja to the east in the Amazon forest lies a small and tranquil
town called Zamora. Getting there from Vilcabamba in our old Land Cruiser was quite
a trip, not because it is far in kilometers but because the road is so bad and so
twisty. You have to climb for half an hour from Loja and then go all the way down
again. At the time of this writing (July 2010) they are rebuilding the road with
concrete just like the road to Cuenca but it will take some time before it is finished.
In the mean time, watch the potholes. The last few kilometers are particularly hard
because they only allow the traffic one way at a time over a long distance and we
had have to wait half an hour each way. This is all part of the Ecuadorian experience
Parts of the road a really scenic. We particularly enjoyed the big cascade located
on the right side of the road approximately an hour drive from Loja.