Top Adventures in Loja

  • Hike from Loja to Vilcabamba

    While 40 kilometers is quite long, this trek is not difficult.  The trail is long, wide, well maintained, well marked, and fairly flat if not downhill.  Beginning in Loja's Parque Lineal, this is a true experience of the mountains and Andean life....

    24.9 miles -1640.4 ft gain

  • Picnic in Loja's Botanical Gardens

    At the very south of Loja, on the road to Vilcabamba, is Jardín Botánico Reinaldo Espinosa.  "Garden" is too calm of a word to describe this botanical sanctuary.  It is full of native and exotic plant species only generally organized into an Arbor...

  • Hike Sendero Los Alisos

    In the south of Ecuador, in the culturally rich Andean mountains, lies the generally overlooked city of Loja.  What it lacks in backpacker hostels and museums it makes up for in culture and endless mountain trails.  Just beyond the southern end of...

    1.9 miles 1312.3 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset from Parque Eólica Villonaco

    In the southern Andes of Ecuador, at an elevation of 2,800 m above sea level, on the road joining Catamayo and Loja, a park containing 12 wind turbines provides amazing views of the city of Loja.  For 30 cents, a local bus will take you from centr...

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  • Explore La Chimosa in Podocarpus National Park

    At 970m above sea level in one of the most bio diverse places on earth one entrance to Podocarpus National Park can be reached by way of the small city of Zamora.  This side of the park hosts jungle and cloud forest climate and vegetation.  ARRIVE...

    0.3 miles

  • Hike Mandango "The Sleeping Inca"

    In the very south of the Ecuadorian Andes lies a mountain that appears in the form of a giant, sleeping, Inca god.  At 1,500 masl, this area is nearly always sunny, with perfect temperatures of around 70-80 F. Information, maps, and access to the ...

    1640.4 ft gain