The city of Loja – Ecuador Natural and Cultural Charm
Loja, officially Inmaculada Concepción de Loja, is a city in Ecuador, capital of the province and canton Loja, located in the south of the country. Known as the “Cultural Capital of Ecuador”
Loja is considered as a seat of Ecuadorian culture, for this reason it is known as the “Cultural Capital of Ecuador”. A local saying is: “He who does not play the guitar can sing a song, he who does not sing a song can write a verse, he who does not write a verse is read in a book”.
Loja prides itself as the birthplace of renowned intellectuals of national importance
Due to its development and geographical location was named administrative headquarters of the South Region or zone 7 comprised by the provinces of El Oro, Loja and Zamora Chinchipe.
The climate of Loja is temperate-equatorial sub-humid. With an average air temperature of 16 ° C. The annual oscillation of the lojana temperature is 1.5 ° C.
The city of Loja has a marked microclimate, being the northeastern sector warmer than the rest of the urban area.
YOU CAN VISIT THE DIFFERENT MUSEUMS LIKE:
Museum of Lojana Culture: Located in the Historic Center of the city of Loja, next to the central square, is the Museum of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
Mothers Conceptas Museum: it is in a convent of the seventeenth century, which belongs to the colonial period.
Museum of Archeology: Opened in 2004, the Museum of Archeology houses about 1,600 pieces, many of which are from the pre-Columbian period. There are three floors of the museum, organized by the age of the finds.
Museum of Music of the Pío Jaramillo Alvarado Cultural Center: Located on Bernardo Valdivieso Street, in the Historical Center, opened in 2004, the museum houses exhibitions on the musical history of composers and Loja, from the Renaissance to the avante-garde.
Matilde Hidalgo de Procel Museum: The museum, on the main floor of the Provincial Government building in Loja, houses the objects of Matilde Hidalgo’s life, the first woman to become a doctor of medicine in Ecuador, and also the first woman To vote in Latin America
The city has great tourist attractions, due to its art and culture, that we can feel it mainly in its Historic Center, knowing that also it is surrounded by populations with a rich tradition like Saraguro and Vilcabamba. That is why it is classified as one of the main tourist destinations of Ecuadorians and Peruvians, for it has a hotel infrastructure that every major city needs to receive visitors, being the third city with the highest number of luxury hotels and hostels , Of all the Ecuador after Quito and Guayaquil.
City Gate: The City Gate, model of the city’s Coat of Arms, presented by King Philip II of Spain in 1571. The City Gate is located on Gran Colombia Avenue, has a museum where Is exhibited galleries displaying contemporary works of Lojano art, a coffee shop and gift shop. A stunning view of the city center is located up the clock tower.
Cathedral: The main cathedral, a masterpiece in the colonial style, is located in the central square. It is the home of the Virgin of the Swan during its two months of stay in the city of Loja. The Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Ecuador. It is also the headquarters of the Diocese of Loja.
GARDIN BOTANICO REINALDO ESPINOSA:
In the south of the city, belonging to the National University of Loja, there are several hectares of native plants from the provinces of Loja, Zamora Chinchipe and El Oro. Considered a natural laboratory, it is located 5 km from the city of Loja in the Via Vilcabamba. It was founded in 1949 by the distinguished botanist Reinaldo Espinosa, has an area of approximately 7 hectares. The Botanical Garden Reinaldo Espinosa is the oldest in Ecuador and the only one located in the convergence knot of warm humid bioclimatic currents of the Amazon and warm droughts of the Pacific slope, a situation that gives rise to a unique floristic diversity of the basin And province of Loja.
PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK:
It is a national park located in the provinces of Loja and Zamora Chinchipe, in the south east of Ecuador. It was established on December 15, 1982. The Park is an area of mega diversity and an area of high degree of endemism due to its location among diverse biological systems.9 It extends over 146,280 km2; In the two foothills of the Eastern Cordillera
YACURÍ NATIONAL PARK:
The Yacurí National Park is an Ecuadorian national park that extends over an area of 431 km² and is located on the border between the provinces of Loja and Zamora Chinchipe. It is part of a large Protected Forest of 733 km² and was founded in 2009. The headwaters of the Mayo-Chinchipe (east) and Chira-Catamayo (west) basins are in the park. The Yacurí National Park has more than 46 high altitude lakes. The most commonly visited lakes are:
The Black Lagoon, a very deep lake in the caldera of an extinct volcano. It is known for its medicinal waters and is often visited by nearby traditional priests (or healers).
Cuy roasted, hen guinea, peas with guineo, cecina, frit, repe, tamales, humitas, sango, chili peppers, quesadillas, empanadas de viento, horchata, figs with cheese, honey with quesillo.