Somehow, I found myself in Loja again. Most foreigners tend to bypass this city and head straight to the Peruvian border. But not me. I love this city!
Loja is the cultural capital of Ecuador and the Loja Festival Internacional de Artes Vivas was at its tail-end when I arrived.
Everywhere I went around the center of Loja had something going on. I got to watch a marching band full of males play while wearing short skirts and occasionally flashing their underwear.
Body painting based on movies? Why not? Most I didn’t get at all, but then again, I’m not exactly a movie buff. But it was still cool to watch people subject their bodies in the name of art.
Truth be told, I don’t always get paintings, especially abstract art. But when I see how the painting was done, I really do appreciate it more. My artistic talents are limited to stick men, and that’s even a stretch!
Art comes in all shapes and forms. But somehow, I did find myself surprised to see people in costumes parading around looking for kids to pose with.
I really didn’t feel like I was in Ecuador. Even though I had been in Loja before, I was just mesmerizing to see all sorts of creative activity.
Of course, there had to be art installations where people can take selfies.
My favorite bit about this festival was the fact that people were allowed to chalk up a major street. Chalk graffiti… Anyone can be an artist!
And of course, when in South America, you need your religious art.
I was around the central part of Loja for about three hours and took a ridiculous amount of pictures in that time. Loja is a small and often overlooked on the “Gringo Trail”. Truthfully, I don’t understand why, but if I can have the city all to myself, then I’m fine with it.