Banana fields are all over the place before the mountains. Upon arriving in Loja right after this grueling bus ride, we set out to find a hotel. All the stores, restaurants and cafes were closed already. The town looked dreary. Our hotel is nice enough. It was close to the municipal market. There are a lot of small eateries (comedores) in the municipal market. Main dishes go for 2.50 USD. There are a couple of nice plazas here too. A few places are cute in Loja, otherwise it is pretty cold and dull looking but we later heard that Loja is a nice town to live in if you do not mind the dreary weather. Loja seems to be a place of culture and classical music. They have a wonderful symphonic orchestra and lots of music teachers.