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Is it safe to visit or live in Loja Ecuador?

Let's start with the basics. Loja is one of the safest cities in Ecuador. Does that mean you can walk around flashing an expensive cellphone or a wad of money? No. Just like any other world city you still need to exercise your own common sense to be aware of your surroundings, and of how you move through them. Yes, it is possible to get pickpocketed in a crowd, but such a thing is rare in Loja. For daily living, Loja ranks highly in safety.

But, you say, what about the October uprising? In October of 2019, Ecuador experienced a national strike. The country's and world news media focused in on the dramatic images of angry protests and viewers everywhere reacted in fear. Many canceled plans to visit Ecuador, and others who were preparing to immigrate had second thoughts. Let me explain a little about what happened, and more specifically, what it was like in Loja.

The strike was in reaction to a Presidential decree that immediately inflicted hardships on the population at large …

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