About ‘Life in Loja’
“Life in Loja” is passionate about sharing all that Loja has to offer with tourists and residents alike.
“Life in Loja” is a Spanish – English bilingual tour company with Loja’s most well known and recognizable interactive bilingual tour operator who also provides a broad range of services in English and Spanish.
Working with thousands of visitors from all over the world, our operators have excellent reviews and are trusted to help you have the best dream vacation or make your relocation to our beautiful city in Southern Ecuador easier.
Come and explore Loja with us for one of the safest, cleanest, greenest, and most authentic “off the beaten path” experiences you will find in In Ecuador.
Our team in Loja is dedicated to improving both travellers’ and locals’ experience of our city and Southern Ecuador. Visiting Loja for a short time, or relocating long-term, can be challenging for people new to the Spanish language and Ecuadorian Andean culture. Our internationally experienced team provides specialized knowledge and English language services that smooth the way for you to get the most out of Loja and the surrounding region. Whether you are doing solo travel, or coming as a couple or family, we can make your trip memorable and fun. Or, if you are scouting for a new place to live in Ecuador, let us show you all Loja has to offer.
Here are some comments our clients and users have posted on our Facebook page:
“Jonathan was a great tour guide! My brother and I had a lovely time learning about Loja and the surrounding communities, we also had fun tasting local coffee and meeting the owners of local coffee shops. Thanks Jonathan for showing us your beautiful city!!
The best tour of my life. Excellent attention.
FAQ, General Questions
What is it that “Life in Loja” does, exactly?
Besides tourist activities, what else do you do?
In addition to our extensive experience with visitors and foreign residents in the tourism business, Life in Loja has received many requests for assistance with tasks requiring fluency in Spanish which were outside of typical tourist activities. We continue to receive requests for help with medical, legal, and other tasks that require Spanish fluency, so we have constructed this web page and social media for those who need to find help more easily.
How do I arrange for booking a tour or scheduling a time for other help?
How much do you charge for your help?
Who is on your ‘Team’?
How do I get a quote for your services?
Is it easy to contact you?
What qualifies Life in Loja for this type of work?
We have met and worked with over a thousand foreign visitors in Loja in the past several years. We have hosted many cultural tours, provided interpreting and translating services for a number of issues, helped prospective foreign residents and retirees see Loja and the surrounding region, and have given personal and individualized assistance based on our clients’ needs. Our team also has the necessary academic certification to provide these types of services, or we will be sure to help you find qualified local professionals who do.
Can I get references for you from your clients?
FAQ, Tour Questions
Where is Loja, Ecuador and why would I want to visit there?
Loja is the name of our province and also the name of our city which is the provincial capital. Located in Western South America in the Andes mountain range of Southern Ecuador, Loja is the last urban area before reaching Ecuador’s border with Peru. It is accessible by two international airports, automobile, and other forms of private and public transportation. Loja has a mild climate, one of the world’s most varied biospheres, and an ethnically diverse population with a long and interesting history. The city and province are not ‘over-visited’ destinations by corporate tourism. As the ‘Arts Capital’ of Ecuador, Loja has a rich and interesting cultural life.
What else is Loja known for?
Loja is a UNESCO nominee to become a world heritage site for music, and is considered a performing arts center for the country as host of Ecuador’s largest annual live arts festival, the “FIAVL” Festival Internacional de Artes Vivas. At the southern end of Ecuador’s Andes Mountain range, our province is known for spectacular views, beautiful waterfalls, and stunning lagoons. In Loja, it is possible to visit every climate zone in Ecuador by travelling very small distances. Because of this climate and geographical diversity, Loja also has one of the most diverse biomes, or biological communities, of plant and animal species on Earth. Nearby the city of Loja in a little over or under an hour’s drive, these natural attributes are on display in Vilcabamba, “The Sacred Valley of Longevity,” in two of Ecuador’s national parks – Podocarpus and Yacuri, and in Zamora – a gateway to Ecuador’s southern Amazon.
What types of tours do you provide?
What are the most popular tours?
Life in Loja’s most popular tours are our ‘City Tour’, ‘Coffee Tours’ (farm and urban), and ‘The Expat Immersion Tour’ of Loja and Vilcabamba that explores local neighborhoods.
How long are your tours?
Can you help me find accommodations or hotels and make my travel arrangements to and from while I’m in Loja?
When are the festivals, celebrations, and special events in Loja?
What makes Life in Loja tour guides good?
Am Iable to make a tour reservation on short notice?
FAQ, Services Questions
Why would I want to retire here?
If I am considering retiring in Loja or Southern Ecuador, how can you help me?
How are you different from other translators and English language guides in Loja? Why would I choose you?
As a tour operator, we have served over 1500 visitors to Loja in two years. As the only fully bilingual guides in the area, we were able to provide an excellent and in depth experience for our clients. It was natural that visitors would trust us to help them with the details of relocation if they were settling in Loja. As life-long residents of the city, the principal partner in Life in Loja has a degree in tourism from the national university in Loja and graduated fourth in his class in the University’s English program. None of the other tour operators or guides in Loja have these qualifications.
What about your translation services?
We provide bilingual Spanish to English and English to Spanish interpreting and translating in Loja. We can help you translate your transactions and consultations with professionals in different fields (legal, medical).
What is the difference between interpreting, translating , and an English language guide?
What is the role of an interpreter in healthcare?
How can I save money on healthcare by using your services?
What is ‘cultural immersion’?
What is a fixer?
What are the advantages to hiring a Fixer?
- Location: southern Ecuador
- Population size: 200,000 (Loja); 2500 (Vilcabamba)
- Expat community approx. 200 in Loja; 1000 in Vilcabamba
- Average temperature range: 60F to 72F (Loja); 68F to 80F (Vilcabamba)
- Average sunshine of 4-5 hours daily
- Elevation 2060 m (6758 ft) above sea level (Loja); 1600m (5230 ft) (Vilcabamba)
- Rainfall seasonally varies throughout the year from 2-5 inches per month.
- Universities: 3
- One of the lowest crime rates for any Ecuadorian city
- Founded 1548
- Hospitals and Clinics: over 20
Cost of Living
- Apartment – $150 to over $1000 per month (depending on location, size, and if furnished or unfurnished)
- Internet – basic plans start at $20/mo (internet only); internet+TV+phone plans start at $48
- Cell Phone – most people buy prepaid minutes as needed instead of monthly plans
- Grocery – public markets offer inexpensive items; monthly shopping cost depends on family size and the purchase amount of imported foodstuffs vs. Ecuadorian products
- Gas – for cooking and hot water approx. $3-5 per month
- Water – tap water $7-10 per month, bottled water (if desired) about $20/mo. Depending on family size
- Gasoline – $1.85 per gallon
- Public transportation – 1500 taxis. 10 public bus lines. $0.30 for bus ride; $1.25 minimum for taxi (day) or $1.40 (night)