Loja Recommended

Loja may not have the historical alure of Cuenca, but it is an excellent alternative for those who don't like the busy touristy colonial city of Cuenca. Loja is a small city with a pretty, laidback colonial center.

Many travellers miss out by passing by Loja on their way from Cuenca to Vilcabamba. The pretty curches, friendly people andbeautiful surrounding area makes Loja to be a pleasant surprise for those who choose to spend the night.

Spend a morning walking around Loja before jumping on the next bus out of there. For those interested in community based tourism, Saraguro is an excellent daytrip from Loja.

A big plus for budget travellers: Loja is relatively cheap in comparison to Cuenca. You will save about 30% on Loja accommodation.

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In the north Loja borders to Azuay and El Oro, west to El Oro and Peru, south to Peru and east to Zamora Chinchipe.






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