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.

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Nearby Loja attractions

1. Parque Recreacional Jipiro

1.46 MILES

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…

2. Puerta de la Ciudad

2.36 MILES

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…

3. Plaza San Francisco

2.76 MILES

A block north of the Parque Central, this smallish plaza is crowned by a statue of the city’s founder astride his horse.

4. Cathedral

2.88 MILES

Watch the devotees stepping inside for their daily devotions to the Virgen del Cisne.

5. Parque Central

2.88 MILES

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…

6. Museo de la Cultura Lojana

2.91 MILES

On the south side of Parque Central, a characterful republican-era building houses this museum and its exhibits, which include good local art, archaeology…

8. Plaza Santo Domingo

2.99 MILES

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