LojaAndean Highlands region of Ecuador.
If coming from Cuenca, Ejecutivo San Luis buses are cheaper ($7) and much faster (4 hours) than Viajeros buses. The bus might take some time to leave the city, but then it goes straight to Loja.
Pio Jaramillo Alvarado Museum of Music of the Central Cultureaddress: Bernardo ValdiviezoInaugurated in 2004, it contains permanent exhibits on lojano music and composers, a concert hall, an area for temporary exhibits, a cafeteria, and a small music shop.
Madres Conceptas Museumaddress: 10 de Agosto at Bernardo ValdiviezoMuseum housed in the Hermanas Concepcionistas Monastery, the second oldest in the country. It was constructed at the end of the 16th century.
Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuadoraddress: 10 de AgostoThis archeological museum focuses on the colonial history of the area.
Lojanidad Archeological Museumaddress: Barrio San Cayetano
Door of the City MuseumThis museum seeks to recreate the history of the city, but also has exhibits showcasing local painting, sculpture, and photography.
Free Walks LojaA cultural movement to help visitors know Loja. The creators of Free Walks Loja offer non-traditional tours for everyone. You decide the real value to you of the tour: the tour is entirely tip-based.
Roma Pizzaphone: +593 72583520address: Av. Cuxibamba y Gran ColombiaVery good pizzas and pastas. The salads are amazing. Open until late.
Hostal Americaphone: +593 72562887address: 18 de Noviembre entre Imbabura y QuitoModern and very clean hotel in the town centre. Huge rooms with 2 double beds, private bathroom, cable TV and free Wi-Fi internet. Price includes breakfast.
Hotel Londrèsaddress: LojaProbably the cheapest option in Loja. $100/month. Nice place.
(Cuenca-Loja $7.50, 5-7 hours, no bathroom)
Piura, Peru (Loja International $8, 8½ hours). Departures at 06:00, 13:00 and 23:00. The bus stops at both border posts for immigration formalities and you have to walk across a small bridge (try not to be last in the queue). Although an international service, it does stop in each of the small towns along the way and some people travel standing up. No working bathroom or air-conditioning.
Peruvian Consulatephone: +593 72 579 068address: Avda Zolio RodriguezA tourist visa costs $30 if you need one (check at visahq.com). You must take your bus ticket, proof of sufficient funds (such as a credit card) and to make a deposit at the Banco de Guayaquil.