Travel Blogs from Loja, Ecuador

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Sig and Tony and Deb's Excellent Adventure, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Sig and Tony and Deb's Excellent Adventure

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...  we could stop where we wanted and I was responsible for trip planning and map reading.  We were headed to Loja, a city in southern Ecuador, and on the way I found a lovely gentle little town, Saraguro, to stop for lunch.  This little town ...

Waiting for a bus in Loja, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Waiting for a bus in Loja

A travel blog entry by bred

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... , and some unkind treatment in a restaurant in Cuenca, I was happy to get on a bus for a five-hour ride to Loja. Itīs in the far south of Ecuador, and Iīm taking an eight-hour bus ride south of the border to Piura, Peru. I have a flight to Lima on the ...

Playing Cowboy in the Andes, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Playing Cowboy in the Andes

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Stalled in Vilcabamba, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Stalled in Vilcabamba

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... the songs she sang was given to her from an ancient cedar tree……really nice kid who had never heard of Ecuador or specifically Vilcabamba until a dream propelled her to Google Search and then to a an airline ticket office.  That story ...

Breaking a world record (we reckon!), Chachapoyas to Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Breaking a world record (we reckon!)

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... you read correctly and yes it was voluntary). Left our hotel and walked down to the main square. Were on our long journey to Ecuador. We reckoned it should take 2 days but had read of people taking 3, 4 or 5 depending on transport connections and if ...

Feliz Navidad means too much rum!, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Feliz Navidad means too much rum!

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... spectacular views. In the evening we said farewell to all our drinking buddies at Izhcayluma and headed to Loja. Caught the night bus to Piura, Peru, at about 10.30pm. After a fun Christmas in Ecuador it was time to hit the next country on our ...

Long bus rides and strange spa shenanigans, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Long bus rides and strange spa shenanigans

A travel blog entry by caznjasonescape

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... the snow capped volcanic mountains, known as the "Avenue of the volcanoes". These people are mainly the indigenous peoples of Ecuador: the Andean Indians, and every so often I could just about make out a brightly dressed Indian woman wandering high in ...

Bruised Bacon, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Bruised Bacon

A travel blog entry by allisonandjeff

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... a night in the medium-sized city of Loja. The next morning we took a mini-bus (basically a conversion van, our first in Ecuador) to Vilcabamba. At first we thought it looked like a pretty easy trip, because there were only five passengers who got on at ...

The Streets of Quito, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

The Streets of Quito

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... The three sharks circled in confusion then sped off into the night. Where Does All the Small Change Go? No one in Ecuador can make change. Upscale shops, busy restaurants, street vendors - it doesn't matter. When you buy something you're expected ...

Oil Barons and Memories of Ice Cream, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Oil Barons and Memories of Ice Cream

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... for myself how long these people live. Then maybe in the morning, I'll take a spin down the San Pedro highway. Of Note: Vilcabamba is in southern Ecuador, about 50 km from the Peruvian border. Check out our happy hillside escape at ...

Sitting still for a change, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Sitting still for a change

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... ins anymore. After a nice breakfast in the restaurant where we met some Swiss Germans who we swopped our Peru book for an Ecuador one! We then looked around the lovely gardens with hammocks, pool, etc and were glad we stayed here. Walked into town ...

Southern Ecuador, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Southern Ecuador

A travel blog entry by jeffsadventures

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... just long enough to get my laundry done and take some more photos, I got bored and took off for Cuenca, Ecuador's 3rd largest city and supposedly it's prettiest. It definitely is a pleasant place, with cobblestoned streets and old Colonial architecture. ...

Heading South to Vilcabamba, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Heading South to Vilcabamba

A travel blog entry by thymeoff

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... of the region resulted in several botanical expeditions in the 19th century designating this area the 'Garden of Ecuador'. An hours drive south of Loja is the small community of Vilcabamba, nestled in the "Valley of Longevity" and famed for it's ...

Disneyland Wannabe, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Disneyland Wannabe

A travel blog entry by camille

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... pedestrian overpass it felt like a theme park waiting to come alive. Parque Jipiro This is about the only interesting thing in Loja, with minitures of famous buildings. I slid down a slide that formed the exit of a replica Russian church. It was a ...

Surprisingly nice!!! but where can you eat, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Surprisingly nice!!! but where can you eat

A travel blog entry by neilandamy

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Another bus journey...far too many of them recently. Our taxi took us to our hotel...looked okay...but there was no one on reception......someone shouted to an old woman on balcony...she shouted something back and eventually some lad arrived. We managed ...

Classes de Espagnol!!, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Classes de Espagnol!!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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Next morning started very early with a bus ride to Loja and onto the laidback town of Vilcabamba! Our main reason for going here was for me to have an intensive course in Spanish! Weīd already contacted a hostel called Izhcayluma which sounded amazing ...

Amazonian thunder, Nueva Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Amazonian thunder

A travel blog entry by gregsbigshimmy

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... swimming and looking for caymans with us.  They speak a local language called Cuambu? here, one of the 13 languages of Ecuador (with Spanish and Quichua dominating). The swim at sunset was gorgeous, great to be in the lagoon at sunset. On the trip ...

Relaxing over Easter in the hippy hangout, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Relaxing over Easter in the hippy hangout

A travel blog entry by jamiecaroline

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... weeks ago and it seemed like the perfect place to chill out after not stopping for a very long time. In the south of Ecuador it is situated perfectly in the mountains where it has now become a gringo hangout, filled with lots of cool people as well ...

Visit to future site in Loja, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Visit to future site in Loja

A travel blog entry by zsmits55

... site in Loja. I will work for the Social Development division of the Municipality of the city of Loja. Loja is a beautiful city in the Southern part of Ecuador, located in a valley in the Andes Mountains near the Peruvian Border. I work in the ...

Cajas National Park, Cajas, Ecuador travel blog

Cajas National Park

A travel blog entry by incajac

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On Sunday I went hiking in the Cajas National Park which is about a half hour drive outside of Cuenca. I went with the Club Adinismo Sangay, a local hiking club that runs hiking excursions about twice a month to nearby parks. There were about 50 of us ...

Hortalizas Paccha Uchuary, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Hortalizas Paccha Uchuary

A travel blog entry by zsmits55

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Hortalizas Paccha Uchuary is my bread and butter. As i explained earlier, it is my first small business venture down here. I have been learning alot from them, and it looks like they're learning alot from me. Have meetings with this group 3 days a week, ...

Ecuador: E Pluribus Unim, et al., Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Ecuador: E Pluribus Unim, et al.

A travel blog entry by nissasue

... . (see last post...haha). they were going to travel to ecuador anyways i tagged along for the visa. left monday morning for Loja, Ecuador after a demoralizing trip to the market in Piura. a lady asking us for money stepped on a casi dead kitten. it ...

Loja for a night, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Loja for a night

A travel blog entry by jaimegirl

Passing through Loja for the night, catching the 7am international bus to Piura (8 hours) in the ...

Ecuador!, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Ecuador!

A travel blog entry by aidanu

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... hiking, and a nearby national park.. So in crossing the border some changes between the two countries became evident.  Ecuador seems to have a better economy, there indeed seems to be more money/better standard of living. Their national currency ...

Rest and Relaxation in Southern Ecuador, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Rest and Relaxation in Southern Ecuador

A travel blog entry by beyondwpg

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Spent a few days in Vilcabamba.  Itīs know as a bit of a hippie town and has a reputation for the longevity of itīs residents (many centigenarians in the area).  I stayed at a place called Izhcayluma where for the whoipping price of $9 I got ...

Return to Loja, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

Return to Loja

A travel blog entry by zsmits55

Jan 17th LOJA I have finally returned to Loja. It has been around 22 days out of my site. The new year has brought new opportunities. I will be able to work more closely with my communities, and I am very excited about this. This year, hopefully ...

The Hut, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

The Hut

A travel blog entry by travelshrew

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After limping up to the porch of our lodging, Jorge made us tuna sandwiches.  We sat down, slowly, to eat them, and fed the dogs the burnt crusts of our bread while the horses, tethered in the front yard, rested one hind leg at a time and dozed. ...

boring journey, Loja, Ecuador travel blog

boring journey

A travel blog entry by marykateri

got here, was bored, paid for a loo. got the first bus i could out! bus ended up being five hours of bumping, with people getting on and off every five minutes. Chatted to a little girl, then her granny, then her cousins, then an old man, then a fifteen ...

Full Circle in the Valley of the Huilcos, Vilcabamba, Ecuador travel blog

Full Circle in the Valley of the Huilcos

A travel blog entry by nathanialwest

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We arrived and went back to sleep for a few hours, since the power was out anyway.  Apparently, rainfall in Ecuador is at an unprecedented low, and the dams retaining water for their hydroelectric plants are nearly empty.  As a result, the power ...

There will be mud, Macara, Ecuador travel blog

There will be mud

A travel blog entry by bocalee

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... exception.  While the town ainīt much, the people there were warm and friendly, more so than ny other town in Ecuador. So overall Ecuador was okay, Otavalo was interesting, but overall no great shakes.  Of course we only saw a tiny slice of ...

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