Loja

Tropical forest products such as chinchona (the natural base for quinine), first entered the European pharmacopoeia through Loja.

House close to Nambacola, Loja.  Photo belongs to Ecuaworld.Com: taken by Aly Wyllie
Loja was founded on its present site in 1548, having been moved from La Toma, and was rebuilt twice after earthquakes. Loja was the first town in Ecuador to have electricity, a semall hydro-electric plant was built close by at the end of the last century.

Nambacola village, Loja.  Photo belongs to Ecuaworld.Com: taken by Aly Wyllie
The Loja province is quite a mountainous area and it has tendency to be a dry region.

Loja is famed for its musicians and has one of the few musical academies in the country, musical evenings and concerts are often held around the town.

On the Loja province is the Podocarpus National Park which is rich in birdlife and many rarities and some newly discovered species; there could be up to 800 species inside the park. It also includes one of the last major habitats for the spectacled bear.

Purunuma village, Loja.  Photo belongs to Ecuaworld.Com: taken by Aly Wyllie
Loja province has dozens of beautiful little villages to travel around, such us Nambacola, Alamor, Celica, Vilcabamba, Gonzanama, Purunuma, malacatos, Yangana, Amaluza, Catacocha, Macara, among others.

Loja, the third ecologic city in the world (Shenzhen -China)

Nations in Bloom International Award

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD

Community involvement should demonstrate the extent of how a community as a whole supports and protects its environment. This last few days, communities have show great achievements to better their environment. However, one community surpassed the others by participating in activities, providing labour, expertise and materials that makes a difference. During a presentation somebody said:

“Poverty is not excuse to look after the environment.”

A statement that should become everyone’s motto. I am please to announce that the city of Loja, Ecuador is receiving an honorary mention for Community Involvement.

Vilcabamba village, Loja.  Photo belongs to Ecuaworld.Com: taken by Aly Wyllie