Lily Ann Fouts

Live Like a Local in Loja

Loja BookLoja, known as the “cultural capital of Ecuador,” is capturing the attention of the world for its climate, friendly people, and rich culture.  Live Like a Local in Loja covers the pros and cons of living in Loja, Ecuador.   The book is packed with honest, practical information and resources for staying in Loja for a month or longer, stories from an expat’s experience of what it is like to live in Latin America and Loja, descriptions of the city and surrounding towns, tips for integrating with the locals, and more.  The book also includes an extensive chapter on learning Spanish.  A companion website includes photos and links to relevant resources.

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Live Like a Local in Loja contains all the information you need to learn whether Loja, Ecuador might be a good fit for long-term “slow” travel or permanent residence, and how to get set up there if so.  It addresses the pros and cons of Loja vs. the popular expat destinations of Cuenca and Vilcabamba.  The e-book covers a wide range of topics and answers many questions, including:


    Getting to Loja, and getting around in Loja once you’re there.  Do you need a car?  How does the bus system work?  How much to the taxis cost? How easy is it to travel between cities?


    Cost of food and the best places to shop.  How much will your groceries cost?  What kinds of stores are available?  How and where can you find the best deals?


    How to learn Spanish and make friends.  How much Spanish do you need to know?  Is it easy to make friends?  How can you best adapt to the culture?  Is it safe?


    Finding a place to stay, short term and long term!  Where can you stay while you’re house hunting? Are there furnished apartments in Loja?  How much are the utilities?


    Loja’s climate and what to bring.  Does it get very hot or cold in Loja?  How humid is it?  Does it rain a lot?  What kinds of clothes should you pack to be comfortable and fit in?


    Landmarks and activities in Loja and surrounding towns.  Are there regular cultural events?  What kinds of activities and sights can you enjoy around Loja?

“The Best We’ve Read”

“Thank you, Lily.  We have read about 10+ books about Expats in Ecuador, Quito, Cuenca, Vilcabamba, etc.  and your book gives us the best info especially in Loja where we plan to visit soon to see if we can relocate there when we are more confident about our Spanish skills.  We’re thinking about moving there for the climate and a little slower pace of life.  Thank you for all the info you have provided.  It gives us more confidence to make the decision to visit there to see if it is ok to move there.”  ~Quang N.

“Last November I bought your Loja book and my wife and I read that as well as your blog. We moved to Ecuador February 1st. Last week all of our paperwork was complete and we now have our I-9 Visas (retired) as well as our cedulas. We had stayed in the same hotel room as you did (Jardines Del Rio) last May. We were even shown the same 2 apartments. We were only a few days away from sending Cristian our deposit money. You saved us from that bullet! Based upon your Facebook recommendations we found someone that could show us several options for housing. We found the perfect apartment in the prettiest part of town!  Our Spanish is functional and we study a little every day. We love the Memrise course that you recommended and we each have completed Spanish A1 and have started Spanish A2. Loja is the perfect lifestyle for us – tranquilo. Thanks for writing the book. It has been extremely helpful in getting settled in our new home.” ~James H.

A Word From The Author

Lily Ann FoutsI love Loja, Ecuador.  I love Latin America!  My husband and I spent some very rewarding months there and we dream of returning in the future.  However, Loja isn’t the right fit for everyone!  I hope my honest book will help you discover whether or not it is a destination you would love, and if so that it will be a valuable guide to you as you settle in.”

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