Loja is a province in the south of Ecuador at the border to Peru. Here we wanted to explore a mountain range called Sabanillas. We went to Loja in late december only to find out that bad weather would not permit us to make the planned expedition from the north down to the south. Nevertheless we explored the region in several short tours allways looking for traces of the Paltas, an ancient tribe that lived here. Indeed we found several fragments of Palta pottery in open caves that most probably had served members of this tribe as shelter. We will try to make the originally planned expedition in May 2009 and will post any results.