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Parque Universitario La Arquelia - City Plaza Loja - Ecuador

La Arquelia is a beautiful 90-hectare (222-ac) park on the edge of the city. There are seven kilometers (4.3 mi) of excellent hiking trails that go through forest, streams and the parámo. There is a small museum and information center, and, at the entrance to the trails, there is a map that shows the various hikes. Also part of the park, with an entrance across the street, is the impressive botanical garden, including many species of plants native to Ecuador, such as cinchona trees, various medicinal plants and an orchid garden.

Loja, Ecuador

City Plaza

Getting There

La Arquelia is on the road from Loja to Vilcabamba. Take any bus heading toward Vilcabamba and get off at the gate (12 min, $0.60). Or take a local bus that says "La Argelia" (10 min, $0.25) that drops you off at the campus. From there, it is a 10-minute walk. A taxi ride there from downtown will cost $1.50.

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La Arquelia: Park is open daily during daylight hours. The museum is open 8 a.m.-noon and 2-5:30 pm. Both are free. Botanical Garden: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 1-6 pm. Admission is $0.75.

Travel Skills: None

Here are other activities in and around Loja that may be of interest: Parque Jipiro,

31 Oct 2012

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