Loja, Ecuador


The Province of Loja offers a unique combination of paramo, cloud forest and jungle.

Loja’s capital city of the same name and the area’s natural wonders remain unsullied and largely undiscovered by travellers because they are tucked away in the southernmost portion of the country. Travellers willing to make the trip south can look forward to breathtaking vistas, indigenous markets, the amazing Podocarpus National Park, colonial architecture and unparalleled hospitality.


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Local street food, empanadas, Ecuador

Sample Local Cuisine

Stop for lunch at one of the busy eateries, being sure to try the favoured “tamales lojanos” and creative empanadas.

Gardens, near Quito, Ecuador

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Travel to the extensive Botanical Gardens that sustain native pine trees and orchids, a working farm and a collection of meticulous gardens.

Loja areal city view

See the City Gate

Walk to la Puerta de la Ciudad, the castle-like gate that houses an archaeological museum and offers lovely views over the city.

Landscape view of the countryside in Loja

Have a Picnic in Jipiro Park

Bring a picnic along to Jipiro Park, filled with architectural replicas, perhaps hiring a paddle boat to float past the swans.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

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From quaint Andean villages and colourful markets to staggering volcanic landscapes and the Amazon Rainforest, Paul has explored the length and breadth of Ecuador.

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John rode the railways of Ecuador on the carriage roof before it was outlawed, but still recommends a jaunt along the Devil’s Nose – an engineering marvel that can still be enjoyed from inside a carriage.

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I love to squeeze as much out of my day as possible. An outdoors fanatic, I love to delve into harsh environments having summited numerous mountains and trail running into the unknown whenever I get the chance – whether at home or overseas. Funnily enough, it didn’t start like that. It took a few years for the burning fire of adventure to truly take light with my eyes opened by the adventures travel could afford.

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