I’m currently residing in Loja (pronounced low-ha), a small city nestled in the Andes mountains over a mile above sea level. Loja has a couple universities, a mild climate, Ecuador’s first wind farm, safe friendly neighborhoods, a few restaurants with international cuisines, and some pleasant nature trails.
My apartment is in a modern building with the picturesque view above, and hotels are around $20 per night. Large delicious meals including a drink can be found for less than $2.50. Love that guata and morocho combo from the market!
Tourist trips I’d like to try someday with friends include: the Galapagos, Quito, the Amazon, the coast, and other South American countries.
Happy to answer questions about visiting Ecuador and staying with myself or Maya!