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.

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Nearby Loja attractions

1. Calle Lourdes


This narrow lane is the oldest colonial street in Loja. There are some nice art galleries here (if only the street were pedestrianized, they would be much…

2. Plaza Santo Domingo

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

3. Museo de la Música

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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…

4. 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…

6. Parque Central

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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…

7. Cathedral

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

8. Mirador Teléferico


Loja's best viewpoint is at the top of the cable car from Parque Pucará, 1km south of Plaza de la Independencia up Olmedo. Walk or get a taxi ($1) to the…