Lily Ann Fouts
live like a local in loja 2nd edition

Live Like a Local in Loja

By Lily Ann Fouts

Loja, 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 traveling and living in Loja, Ecuador. The book is packed with honest, practical information and resources for going to Loja for any length of time, 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 information on learning Spanish and a whole chapter on culture. A companion website includes photos and links to relevant resources.  Available on Kindle and in print!


Live Like a Local in Loja contains all the information you need to visit Loja for a short term trip and also learn whether Loja, Ecuador might be a good fit for long-term “slow” travel or permanent residence, and how to settle in if so. It addresses the pros and cons of Loja vs. the popular travel and 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 book has been extremely helpful in getting settled in our new home!”

“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.  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 Hansen

“My experience is improved by your support and guidance."

"I wish to thank and commend you for the excellent book and the bonuses you've sent. Since purchasing your book and reviewing the website, I spent a couple of days visiting Loja and surrounding area. All of your information is so helpful, and whether I decide to spend more time or relocate, my experience is improved by your support and guidance." ~Ralph Pearson

“The best we have 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.


“I love Loja, Ecuador. I love Latin America! My husband and I spent some very rewarding months there on two separate trips, and we dream of returning many more times 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.”


Why waste valuable time attempting to piece together the little available information about Loja online? Order now! When you sign up with the special “bonuses” link inside the book, you’ll also receive loads of valuable information right to your inbox!

live like a local in loja 2nd edition