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…
Gardens in Loja

Jardín Botánico Reynaldo Espinosa

Across the road from the Parque Universitario, 5km south of the center, this botanical garden has nearly 900 plant species.
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 …
Zoo in Loja

Parque La Banda/Orillas de Zamora

North of town, this nice park has a small zoo and a beautifully designed Orquideario with over 200 species of orchids from southern Ecuador.
Park in Loja

Parque Universitario La Argelia

Almost 5km south of the center, the 90-hectare reserve has excellent trails. You’ll need to cab it here ($1).
Museum in Loja

Museo del Monasterio de Madres Concepcionistas

A half-block east of Parque Central, this monastery has three public rooms housing religious treasures from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Plaza in Loja

Plaza Santo Domingo

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

Parque Central

Loja’s main square is always busy with shoeshine boys, newspaper vendors and local devotees stepping into the cathedral for their daily devotions to the Virgen del Cisne.
Park in Loja

Parque Recreacional Jipiro

North of town this kid-friendly park offers a giant chess board, 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…