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Loja Province
Flag of Loja Province
Official seal of Loja Province
Location in Ecuador
Location in Ecuador
Location of Loja Province
Country Ecuador
Capital Loja
 • Total 11,062.73 km2 (4,271.34 sq mi)
2,225 m (7,300 ft)
 (2010 census)
 • Total 448,966
 • Density 40.58365/km2 (105.11118/sq mi)
Vehicle registration L
Annual rainfall 950 mm

Loja Province is a province in Ecuador. The capital city is also named Loja.

Podocarpus National Park is in the province. This park is 1,463 square kilometres. It has an elevation ranging from 1000 m to 3690 m. The park is home to a number of animals like bears and pumas as well as exotic birdlife. Over 40% of the park's 3,000–4,000 plant species are endemic, unique to this area. There are also more than 600 species of birds here.


The province is divided into 16 cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the 2010 census, its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of its canton seat or capital.

Canton Pop. (2010) Area (km²) Seat/capital
Calvas 28,185 841,1 Cariamanga
Catamayo 30,638 646 Catamayo
Celica 14,468 518 Celica
Chaguarpamba 7,161 311 Chaguarpamba
Espíndola 14,799 514 Amaluza (Espíndola)
Gonzanamá 12,716 693 Gonzanamá
Loja 214,855 1,881 Loja
Macará 19,018 575 Macará
Olmedo 4,870 112 Olmedo
Paltas 23,801 1,145 Catacocha
Pindal 8,645 200 Pindal
Puyango 15,513 634 Alamor
Quilanga 4,337 235 Quilanga
Saraguro 30,183 1,075 Saraguro
Sozoranga 7,465 410 Sozoranga
Zapotillo 12,312 1,209 Zapotillo

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