Top Choice Monument in Loja

Puerta de la Ciudad

With perhaps more pomp and circumstance than you'll encounter anywhere else in Loja, the City Gate greets you into downtown from the northern corner. It's a giant castle with an arched doorway spanning Sucre, a stre…
Top Choice Museum in Loja

Museo de la Música

This fun museum located in an old school explores the lives of famous musicians who hailed from Loja (most peaking in success during the golden 1890–1940 period). Many old instruments and scores of music are on disp…
Park in Parque Nacional Cajas

Parque Nacional Cajas

Only 30km west of Cuenca, Parque Nacional Cajas encompasses 2854 sq km of golden moor-like páramo (high-altitude grassland) dotted with hundreds of chilly lakes that shine like jewels against a bleak, rough countrys…
Ruins in Ingapirca


Ecuador’s most preserved archaeological site, Ingapirca, with its semi-intact temple, grazing llamas and open fields, is definitely worth a stopover if you are headed this way. The ruins were originally used by the …
Museum in Loja

Museo de la Cultura Lojana

On the south side of Parque Central, a characterful republican-era building houses this museum and its exhibits, which include good local art, archaeology and ethnography. Most interesting are the old photographs of…
Handicrafts in Gualaceo

La Casa de la Makana

Visit La Casa de la Makana to see how makanas shawls are made, and how the different dyes are mixed. These are sought-after items: one makana can take days or even weeks to produce. Quality makanas are on sale for a…
Village in Saraguro

Las Lagunas

Tupus and textiles are made in the community of Las Lagunas, making this an interesting cultural excursion. Catch a bus ($0.20, 10 minutes) from the main road, or get walking directions at Saraurku.
Park in Loja

Parque Recreacional Jipiro

North of town, this kid-friendly park offers a giant chessboard, a skate park, a Chinese pagoda, a pint-size Kremlin, small animal enclosures and a paddleboat pond. Green buses ($0.25) go there from the southeast co…
Plaza in Loja

Plaza de la Independencia

The plaza is hemmed in by the Church of San Sebastián and colonial-era buildings with pillared overhangs and shuttered wooden balconies. A brightly tiled fountain depicts Ecuadorian wildlife.
Plaza in Loja

Plaza Santo Domingo

Make a beeline a block south of Parque Central for this plaza, mainly notable for the Church of Santo Domingo, adorned with religious paintings.