Vilcabamba, Ecuador


We rode south from Cuenca on a weekday on one of the main highways, but not the PanAm. There’s virtually no traffic which is nice, and we spend most of a day getting from Cuenca to Loja and then on to Vilcabamba. Vilcabamba is located in the “Valley of Longevity” and is known for a high concentration of people who live to 100 years or more in this part of the world. When I get there I can see why….it’s beautiful. And even the dogs seem to live to a ripe old age here.
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The town is cute, and there’s a strange mix of people here…gringoes, backpackers, retirees, locals, etc. The landscape is so gorgeous that I think it attracts all kinds.
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We walk into town one day and wander through the dirt roads that lead there. A man is making blocks/bricks, which is a common practice in this part of the world. And I like the changing colors of the soil that make the bricks…and when houses are built form them they blend in with the landscape.
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Since new friends first told us about a hotel here, Izhcayluma, we have been hearing about Vilcabamba nearly every month for the length of the trip. So it’s been on the “list”…there are dogs here,
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inexpensive spa treatments,
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a pool, free yoga classes, and then there is the view…
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and the sunsets…
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