February 3, 2008

Jipiro: Loja's Beautifully Bizarre International Park
Loja, Ecuador

Jipiro Park layout

On the northern edge of Loja is one of the most unusual parks I've ever seen.

The park, Jipiro, covers some 25+ acres, and looks like the playground for a mad scientist with a shrink-gun and a passion for slides and world monuments.

Scale reproductions of historic and cultural structures from the world over are scattered about the grounds—from Chichén Itzá, to the Eiffel Tower, to a Buddhist pagoda—constructed almost exclusively out of concrete. I personally found the slides coming out the sides of Red Square's St. Basil's Cathedral to be exceptionally entertaining.

The facility is really put together quite well, and is probably the best park I've seen in Latin America. There's paddle boating, pony or horse rides, ostriches, a retired jet fighter, a neat concrete skate park, a swimming pool with retractable glass roof, camping facilities, and plenty of soccer, basketball, and volleyball courts to go around.

Being carnival time, there's plenty of mischief with water and spray foam, but folks were pretty well behaved.

Jipiro is definitely worth checking out when passing from Ecuador to Peru, or the other way around. Take a slide down a monument—it's fun.

Comments:

Anonymous

February 14th, 2008

I have been there with my family!!!! It can't be any fun alone!! If I had pictures on file I would send them, (from ten years ago…). Please tell me you stopped and played a while. Brook

Peru

Craig | travelvice.com

February 15th, 2008

Oh, it was fun. I totally hit the slides.

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Dana

November 16th, 2010

how much is the entrance fee?
or is it open to the public like a regular playground? :)

Peru

Craig | travelvice.com

November 16th, 2010

No entrance fee at all. Just a fun park that you can walk/play around in. Some of the activities (like paddle boats in the pond) require payment.

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