Zamora River

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Coordinates: 4°00′00″S 78°52′12″W / 4.000°S 78.87°W / -4.000; -78.87

Zamora River
Country  Ecuador

The Zamora River (Spanish: Río Zamora) is a tributary of the Santiago River located in the south-east of Ecuador. Historically, it was known to the Spanish as Yaya Mayu ("Father River"[verification needed]), from the river's name among a group of Shuar encountered nearby.

The sources of the Zamora River are in the Podocarpus National Park, specifically at the Nudo de Cajanuma. The river then descends towards the city of Loja. It crosses the provinces of Loja, Zamora-Chinchipe (wherein lies the city of Zamora) and Morona-Santiago, where it empties into the Santiago.


The Zamora is the dominant river in southeastern Ecuador, and has many tributaries, perhaps the source of its native name[verification needed].

The most significant tributaries by province include:

Loja Province
  • Malacatos River
  • Jipiro River
  • Zamora Huayco River
Zamora-Chinchipe Province
  • Tambo Blanco River
  • San Francisco River
  • Sabanilla River
  • Bombuscaro River
  • Jamboé River
  • Nambija River
  • Yacuambi River
  • Chicaña River
  • Nangaritza River
  • Pachicutza River
  • Chuchumbletza River
Morona-Santiago Province

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