Loja, a small slow-paced city nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, offers a unique set of lifestyle benefits at an extremely attractive value. The natural beauty of the surrounding area, temperate climate, and its safe, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere make Loja a wonderful place to settle.
Although it is the ninth largest city in Ecuador, with a population of around 200,000, Loja has the feel of a small town where everyone knows each other. One of the aspects that stand out about Loja relative to the other major cities in Ecuador is the feel and pace of life here. It is a place where couples meet each other at home for lunch, where parents drop off their kids at school in the morning and pick up them up in the afternoon, and where neighbors say good morning to one another.
Altitude: 2100 meters (6,890 ft) above sea level
Average High: 24° C (75° F)
Average annual precipitation: 500 mm
Coordinates: 3°59′26″S 79°12′18″O
Airport: Camilo Ponce Enriquez airport is located in Catamayo 38 km from Loja (45 minutes)
Loja is a close-knit community – close friends are like family and people share everything; information, time, even Ice Cream cones! The Expat community is virtually non-existent; as such people are welcoming to foreigners and view them as just another member of the community. With a core that is roughly ten blocks long by eight blocks wide, Loja is an extremely walk-able city. Anywhere that is out of walking distance can be reached by bus or by taxi for a pittance.
Known for its arts and culture, Loja is home to a world-class orchestra, and produces many of Ecuador’s best artists and musicians. It is common for families in Loja to ensure their children participate in art, music, and the performing arts. There is a regular offering of live music, concerts, and shows.
Loja boasts three universities, two private and one public. For children, there are several private and alternative primary and secondary school options, and a wide variety of high quality extracurricular activities available.
Loja has several choices for shopping and entertainment. Theatro Bolivar also known as “Cudic” is a traditional theater for performing arts that regularly hosts plays, musical guests, and dance performances. There is also a six-screen movie theater and a professional soccer team. Shopping options include; large open-air markets, boutique shops, and several modern shopping centers.
Ecuador in general and Loja specifically has many beautiful parks and outdoors spaces. There are several parks throughout the city with areas for play, sports, and leisure activities. There are many hiking trails in and around Loja including those that reside in Podocarpus National Park. As one of ten majestic national parks within Ecuador, Podocarpus is a beautiful 146,280km2 (just over 90,000 square miles) park full of endemic plant and animal species. Loja is also conveniently located within a short drive to the tourist destinations of Zamora and Vilcabamaba.
Although Loja offers some unique lifestyle benefits it is not for everyone. Despite being one of the oldest cities in all of South America, (465 years old) it lacks the colonial charm, aesthetic beauty, and quality of construction of similar cities. Along that same vein, for those who desire an exciting nightlife, or world class dining options, you are encouraged to look elsewhere.
However, if you enjoy being surrounded by nature at every turn, a small town lifestyle with the conveniences of a city, and are comfortable living abroad in the absence of a well-established Expat community, Loja could be the place for you.
Properties in Loja
Houses in Loja
Cozy Home with TONS of Space and Rental Opportunities
This 590 square-meter (6000+ square-foot) house has three levels with separate entrances, allowing you to rent out different areas.
Furnished 5-Bedroom Home
This home is quite the deal! It has FIVE bedrooms with built-in closets, and it has FIVE bathrooms! To top it all off, it is furnished! Read More >
Affordable House on a Rural Lot Just Outside of Loja
1000 m2 (0.24 acre) lot in a rural area with a 2-bedroom home. Great views of the city below and surrounding mountains! Read More >
Apartments in Loja
Triplex in Great Location for Rentals
This triplex is a wonderful find and a good investment allowing you to rent out a couple apartments and have residual income.
Elegant & Luxurious Home
This four-bedroom home is one of the most beautifully designed houses in Loja!
Beautiful Duplex for Sale in Strategic Location
Located in a modern, anti-seismic, expertly constructed elevator building unit sits a 173m2, 3br/2.5ba duplex apt.
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Land in Loja
Exploration at Your Fingertips - 3.5 Ha. Near the National Park
3.5 hectares (8.6 acres) of land with a small house, additional building sites, and spots for starting your own garden. Read More >
47 hectares High in the Andes
Located between Loja and Cuenca) is this 47-hectare (116-acre) property full of beautiful landscapes, and unique vegetation. Read More >
Building Sites, a House, & Amazing Views
Great building sites with gorgeous views! It consists of 7857 square meters (2 acres) of land and an adobe house.
On the way to a beautiful waterfall, is this productive 31-hectare (76.60 -acre) property with tons of fruit trees and several fish ponds!