What to see
There are lots of gorgeous churches and squares to admire all with arcades to protect you from the rain. Go on, have your breath taken away.
Jardín Botánico :
Opposite the University Park you will find the botanical garden which is open to the public and the oldest botanical garden (it opened in 1949). The garden boasts over 800 species of plant and it is a living laboratory which is used for scientific research as well as environmental education.
Door of the City Museum :
This museum attempts to recreate the history of the city and this is the main emphasis. However there are also showcasings of local painting, photography and sculpture making it an interesting experience. .
Madres Conceptas Museum:
This museum is housed in the second oldest monastery in the country, the Concepcionistas Monastery, which was built during the 16thCentury. The focus is on the religious history of the area and the building is breath taking.
Pio Jaramillo Alvarado Museum of Music of the Central Culture :
This museum was officially opened in 2004 and boasts permanent exhibits on lojano music and composers. There is also a concert hall, an area for short term exhibits, a cafeteria and a tiny music shop.
Parque Recreacional Jipiro :
This spot will make you feel like you have been shrunk down in size. Your kids will scurry over the little bridges, miniature skate park, small Kremlin and tiny animal enclosures. This is a great place to take the entire family and highly recommended.
Where To Be
Las Chavelas :
This bar is great fun and David and Doris make for charming and friendly hosts. It is the perfect to start your night off with by having a few drinks or to wind down in after a long day of sightseeing.
This tiny bar makes up might not be the biggest one in Loja but it sure is the most festive. There is a great atmosphere and the drinks are reasonably priced. Go there after Las Chavelas.
El Viejo Minero:
El Viejo’s is a no frills and easy going bar with a wonderful atmosphere which makes it the perfect place for a relaxed beer and light meal in a pub like environment. Great place to kick back and relax.