The Loja Province in Southern Ecuador deserves far more than the single weekend I had to explore. In fact, my short visit to this area just whet my appetite for more. I stayed in the province capital, also called Loja, to more easily enjoy the historic center. This is a walkable city and while pedestrians may not have the right of way, they are respected enough that wandering the streets to photograph the unique places, like the narrowest street in town and the large city gate, was not hard at all. Large plazas centered around fountains and statues of important historical figures dot the city. Churches are everywhere and many are beautiful inside and out. Most of the major sites can be seen from the outside in a single day but a weekend allows for a more relaxed visit as well as the chance to wander in a few of the churches and visit a museum or two.
Outside of the city, most small towns in the Loja Province lean conservative and culture revolves around the Catholic Church, almost always located on the central plaza. Vilcabamba is probably the most famous small town in the region. Over the years, it has become a magnet for expats and local advertising reflects foreign influence. There are more yoga workshops and meditation retreats than anywhere else in Ecuador! But wander up and down the streets, and the old Vilcabamba can still be found in abandoned buildings and carefully preserved homes.
Hopefully, these few photos will entice you to consider adding Loja to your bucket list of must-see places in Southern Ecuador.
ECUADOR POR MIS OJOS
El año pasado, el Instituto Geográfico Militar de Ecuador y yo publicamos un libro de fotografía,
Ecuador Por Mis Ojos
. Esta publicación comparte fotos de ese libro.
Si desea ver otras fotos del libro, consulte:
- Fotos de la exposición
- Provincia de Chimborazo
- Provincia de Cotopaxi
- Provincia de Pichincha
- Provincia de Napo, Tierras Altas, Ecuador
- Provincia de Pichincha, Reserva de Yanacocha
- Provincia de Cañar, Ecuador
- Provincia de Imbabura - Otavalo
- Provincia de Pichincha, Tandayapa
- Provincia de Loja, Saraguro