Tesoros de Zumba
Zamora Chinchipe is one of the southernmost provinces in Ecuador, located on the eastern side of the Andes and bordering Peru. This region is known for its rich biodiversity, lush landscapes, and mountainous terrain, influenced by the Andes and its proximity to the Amazon Jungle. One of the main cantons in the south is Chinchipe, with Zumba serving as its main urban center. Interestingly, unlike other urban centers, Zumba was not established by Spanish conquistadors but developed naturally as a point of contact for people traveling between northern Peru and Ecuador, facilitating commerce. The canton of Chinchipe holds a significant historical legacy of indigenous groups dating back to 3,000 B.C., as evidenced by archaeological findings. Presently, Chinchipe boasts a thriving economy driven by commerce, agricultural products, and mining. Coffee holds particular importance in the agricultural sector, demonstrating good production and incredible potential. This region is truly a treasure trove with its exceptional coffee, abundant biodiversity, and vibrant communities, thus inspiring the brand name “Tesoros de Zumba” (Treasures of Zumba). Two notable treasures in this area are the Yacuri National Park and the San Andres Lagoon. The national park, located on the Andean side with a portion extending into the province of Loja, showcases diverse ecosystems that harbor a variety of flora and fauna, including spectacled bears, deer, tapirs, and various bird species. On the other hand, the San Andres Lagoon is a well-preserved natural site oering breathtaking views.
Caravela has been actively involved in Zamora Chinchipe since 2017, regularly visiting the producers alongside the PECA team to conduct workshops and provide personalized farm visits. Over the years, Caravela has expanded its reach, engaging with more producers and witnessing the consistent improvement and exceptional quality of the coffee. Locally, the people of Zumba are referred to as “Charapanos,” a term that alludes to a type of ants and symbolizes the hardworking nature of the people in this region, always striving forward and fostering a strong sense of community.
1,200 – 1,650 MASL