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Loja, Ecuador

Loja

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.

Experiences

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.

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.

Sample Local Cuisine

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

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.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

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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James Armitage

This small country encapsulates the continent of South America, and James has been privileged to visit the Amazon, the Andes, the coastal regions and the enchanting Galapagos Islands.
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John Faithfull

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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Roxy Dukes

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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As usual all aspects of this trip went like clockwork, even thought we were in South America where timings can be different to other parts of the world! This we put down to the work done by Paul and his knowledge of the country.

Destination: Ecuador
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