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Loja, Ecuador is the capital of Loja province. It was was founded in 1548 and has the distinction of being the first city in Ecuador to be wired for electric power provided by a hydroelectric dam completed in 1896.

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Loja is also famous for having been visited by Simon Bolivar in his campaign to unite Gran Colombia. Present-day population is approximately 140,000. Loja represents the best of Ecuador in biodiversity and is called “The Botanical Garden of Ecuador”.

The colonial Old Town and the Cathedral are also noteworthy attractions. The Virgen del Cisne is carried here during the international fair in September. Other churches worth a visit are San Francisco, San Agustin, Santo Domingo, San Sebastian, and Fatima. They all contain important religious works of art.

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The “Sentinel of the South”, as the locals call Loja, also has history, archaeology, art, and handicraft museums worth checking out.

The Galapagos Archipelago is a part of Ecuador, you can visit the islands in any moment of the year and enjoy a few unforgettable vacations.

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