Loja is a city of around 200,000 in the south of Ecuador. It is a city situated quite a way up, with an altitude of around 2,000 meters and a pleasingly mild climate and temperatures ranging from 16 to 30°C. Loja is renowned as a cultural city and is known as "The Musical Capital of Ecuador." It has two universities and a buzzing academic life. Expats living in Loja will find that it also has some fine historic architecture, such as for example the gates of the city, which were modelled on the coat of arms of Loja and presented to the city by King Felipe II of Spain in 1571. The main Cathedral, meanwhile, is a masterpiece of colonial style, situated on the central square. The international community at InterNations is a great way for expats in Loja to find out more about the city and connect with likeminded individuals who are also living in Loja or across the world.
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Loja is an inland city and connected to the rest of Ecuador by road, including the Pan-American Highway. There are regular national buses and also connections to Peru. The city is furthermore served by Camilo Ponce Enriquez airport, 30km to the west in Catamayo. Flights here connect to Quito and Guayaquil. Expatriates moving to Loja will find a city with a fantastic cultural and musical scene. There are lots of music and dance clubs and many festivals throughout the year. There are also a lot of public works of art, complementing Loja’s cultural atmosphere. Additionally, the city has many parks and green spaces and some of the best higher education establishments in Ecuador, a fact especially expats moving to Loja with their families will be glad to hear. On the forums of InterNations, expatriates in Loja can learn about the best neighborhoods to live in and uncover opportunities to make their time in the city more fruitful, simply by asking those that have been through the same relocation before.
The economy of Loja is based around the higher education institutions, the tourism and services sectors and also agriculture. There is also a small textile and leather tanning industry and quite extensive gold mining in the region. This makes for a very mixed and robust economy. Such a diverse economy, however, also means that it can be hard to keep on top of new opportunities in the area. Joining InterNations is a great way to keep in touch with everything that is going on. Next to simply socializing with other global minds, our discussion boards and forums also enable any expatriate in Loja to make connections that could be of benefit professionally. The Expat Magazine, meanwhile, is the in-house publication of InterNations and provides expats living in Loja and elsewhere with useful tips on expat life.