Loja has two universities and the self-proclaimed reputation of being the country's music capital. Indeed, there is a vibrant music scene here. On weekends, bands often play in the Parque Central.

The most popular bars in town include Casa Tinku (tel. 08/5568-759), on Calle Lourdes between Avenida Bolívar and Sucre; and Santo Remedio (tel. 08/4738-910) on Mercadillo between Bolívar and Valdivieso. Both attract a college crowd and sometimes have live bands. La Fiesta (tel. 07/2578-441), on Av. 10 de Agosto 10-59, between 24 de Mayo and Juan José Pena, is Loja's all-out salsa and merengue dance club. For a more quiet time, try La Siembra (tel. 07/2561-3470), on the corner of Macara and Mercadillo, an intimate bar that serves local fare, grilled meats, and pizzas; or El Viejo Minero (tel. 07/2585-878), on Sucre 10-76 near Azuay, a down-home, no-frills watering-hole, popular with local college students, that sometimes features live local folk music.

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