|• Total||11,066 km2 (4,273 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,225 m (7,300 ft)|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Annual rainfall||950 mm|
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Loja Province (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlo.xa]) is one of 24 provinces in Ecuador and shares its southern border on the west with El Oro Province, on the north with El Azuay, and on the east with Zamora-Chinchipe. Founded on its present site in 1548 by Captain Alonso de Mercadillo (Spanish), the site had been previously moved and rebuilt from La Toma due to earthquakes. It also is named as "Cuxibamba Valley", from the Quichua language, which means the "Smiley Valley".