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Loja, Ecuador

Full nameLoja
Official nameLoja
MottoLoja Para Todos (Loja is for Everyone)
FoundedDecember 8, 1548
MayorJorge Bailon
Total Area727 sq mi (1882.9 km2)
Elevation6889 ft (2099.8 m)
Total Population185000 (2010)
Metro (pop.)215077
Other information
Time zoneECT (UTC-5)

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Loja (full form: Ciudad de la Inmaculada Concepción de Loja) is the capital of Ecuador's Loja Province. It is located in the Cuxibamba valley in the south of the country, sharing borders with the provinces of Zamora-Chinchipe and El Oro, and with Peru in the south. Loja holds a rich tradition in the arts, and for this reason is known as the Music and Cultural Capital of Ecuador. The city is home to two major universities.

The city has a population of about 200,000, and is situated 2100 m (6890 ft) above sea level. It has a mild Andean climate, ranging between 16 and 30°C.

The Pan-American Highway runs past Loja.

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