Cost of living in Loja, Ecuador

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $4.83
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $3.39
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $2.12
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.15
12 eggs, large $1.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $2.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $4.16
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $2.00
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.79
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $1.10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $8
2 liters of Coca-Cola $2.01
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.42
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $452
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $317
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $34
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $400
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $289
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $27
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $105
40” flat screen TV $657
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $252
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $6
Hourly rate for cleaning help $3.33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $37
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $40
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $86
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $55
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $45,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.87
Monthly ticket public transport $26
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $2.00
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $25
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $2.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.00
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $3.00
4 rolls of toilet paper -
Tube of toothpaste $2.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $10
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $13
2 tickets to the movies $12
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $10
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $16
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $4.53
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $1.59
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $2.00
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $35
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $6
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 52 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: November 11, 2017.

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