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WIND FARM TOUR

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WIND FARM TOUR


High above Loja on the mountain ridge to the west is the picturesque Villonaco Windfarm. The giant turbines have become one of the most well-known landmarks and symbols of the city’s determined move towards a green ecological future.  Villonaco is also one of the most interesting and frequently requested day trips in the area.  





Although visible from almost anywhere in Loja, the turbine grid is still a remote destination which requires some assistance getting to because there is no scheduled public transportation to the site at the moment.  There are attendants and often an engineer available to take you through the site’s visitors center, but an English interpreter will almost always be necessary for those who do not speak and read Spanish.
Free Walks Loja custom tours division will take your private tour or group tour to this impressive engineering feat high in the Southern Andes mountains to see the breath-taking vistas, and learn how this eco-friendly city produces cl…

COFFEE TOUR

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COFFEE TOUR


Every coffee lover should take the opportunity to enjoy Loja’s original urban coffee tour.  The premier coffee growing region in Loja Province is one of the world’s best-kept secrets.  Not for long, however, because Lojano arabica coffee is about to receive a protected designation of origin (PDO) similar to other fine products of special geographic locations, such as Bordeaux wines from France.



What better way to sample this fine coffee than to visit the best coffee shops in Loja and have the most skilled baristas in town tailor make you a cup?  The tour details the growing and production of Lojano coffee and showcases the best brewing processes for each variety of bean.  This includes old-school styles of brewing along with the latest modern infusion and steeping methods.  You will be an Andean coffee expert after taking this superlative tour!
This walking tour is 2:30 hours long, costs $15 per person, and is available in both English and Spanish. If you would like more info…

VILCABAMBA TOUR

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VILCABAMBA TOUR


Vilcabamba, located south of the Equator, has been known for many years as "The Valley of Longevity." Throughout its history, many of Vilcabamba’s inhabitants have lived for more than one hundred years.  The small town has always been one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Southern Ecuador. This is why our private tours division has decided to take visitors to see this alluring valley.




Our tours to Vilcabamba leave from the city of Loja. Within an hour’s drive we will make our first stop on the way to taste a traditional sugarcane drink, Guarapo, hand made by the local farmers. While we sample the drink, we will enjoy the green valley views that surround us. We then make a stop at one of the best viewpoints in the region to observe the famous "Mandango" Hill which resembles the face of an Inca lying down. We will also taste craft beer made with water from the “Spring of Longevity,” and see village squares and heritage houses made of adobe wh…

The Ecuadorian Robin Hood

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El Robin Hood lojano

The Province of Loja has always been full of interesting characters who have amazed people from all over Ecuador and the world.  That's why we want to tell you a little bit about the history of our own Robin Hood: Naún Briones.

Naún Briones, a native of Cangonamá in Paltas Cantón, was a man of very humble origins who became one of the greatest bandits in Ecuador and Northern Peru.  According to the writer Eduardo Pucha Sivisaca, Naún Briones was alternately the most loved and hated person in the country.  However, to this day in the bandit's hometown of Cangonamá, his name is remembered with a feeling of pride and respect.  He became known as the Ecuadorian Robin Hood because between 1912 - 1935 he stole the belongings of the wealthy to give to the poor.

To give a broader context of what Loja was like in those years, we can say that it was the time of the  "arrimados" (residents or "hangers-on").  Rapprochement (an agreement) was a ter…