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Parque Nacional Podocarpus, Loja

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Where to stay in Loja

The center of Loja provides a good set of accommodations, located either side of the arterial road, Avenida Universitaria. Mid-range and luxury hotels offer various amenities, including pools, onsite restaurants, and swanky bars. Budget-conscious visitors will want to explore the side streets of the central areas and outskirts, where formerly residential buildings have transformed into guesthouses, simple hotels, and hostels. The Nueva Granada district in the city's north provides both boutique hotels and hostels, whose proximity to Highway 35 makes them a good choice for those wanting to get out into the rural areas.
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  • We entered the park from Loja (bus to Vilcabamba, about 10-15 minutes). Once inside we had to walk 8 km to get to the refuge (Cajanuma) from where the hikes start. This 8 km took us already 2 hours - ...  more »
  • We visited Podocarpus from both Zamora and Vilcabamba sides. The park is beautiful, but trails are hard to follow and not very well marked.  more »
  • Yesterday we hiked the Mirador loop exiting the Parque Nacional Podocarpus at the Cajanuma entrance. The entrance is on the Loja - Vilcabamba highway 10 km out of Loja. It is about 20 minutes drive an...  more »