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Highly publicized as “The Valley of Eternal Youth” for its sprightly 70- and 80-year-old inhabitants, Vilcabamba is a growing hot spot on the gringo trail. It is a must for anyone keen to meet up with fellow travelers or indulge in homemade hippy treats and pamper themselves with a massage or steam bath. For some time, it was thought that residents regularly lived beyond 100 years, however, it is now thought that this is unlikely. At one time a small, isolated village, Vilcabamba is now more of an expat-haven, rich in gringo-run businesses catering to backpackers, than a place equipped to administer a shot of local culture.

Boasting a warm, pleasant climate, set among spectacular scenery and an agreeable atmosphere, Vilcabamba is popular among Lojano weekenders, as well as foreign travelers. This is the place to head for excellent horseback riding, walking, hiking or just plain hanging out. Just outside of town, the scenic Mandango trail makes a great day-hike, while a number of private nature reserves and the famed Podocarpus National Park sit just beyond the village, offering even more opportunities to explore the local landscape. Come between June and September, when the climate is drier and warmer.


Other places nearby Vilcabamba: Guamote, Loja, Saraguro, Cuenca, Jima, Gualaceo, Bulcay, Sigsig, Chordeleg and Baños (Cuenca).

07 Jan 2013

Hotels in Vilcabamba

HosterĂ­a Izhcayluma

HosterĂ­a Izhcayluma is situated on a hill approximately two kilometers (1.2 mi) outside of Vilcabamba, and enjoys spectacular vistas of the village and surrounding countryside. Guests are housed in ...
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

JardĂ­n Escondido

108735In addition to the sizzling Mexican and international fare offered at its restaurant, Jardín Escondido has 13 pleasantly appointed rooms—singles, doubles and family rooms—with private baths. The ...
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Madre Tierra

A highlight of any stay in the Vilcabamba region for those who wish to shell out a little cash, Madre Tierra offers outstanding accommodation and first-class service. To relax and recharge for a ...
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Rumi Wilco Nature Reserve and Eco-Lodge

104904Rumi Wilco is only a 10-minute walk from the center of Vilcabamba, but you feel like you are miles away. This nature reserve (admission: $2) was created by an Argentinian couple, Alicia and Orlando ...
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Hotel Le Rendez-Vous

Le Rendez-Vous was set up by a French couple who fell in love with and chose to settle in Vilcabamba after traveling extensively throughout South America. The grounds feature eight adobe cabins with ...
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Vilcabamba Activities

Horseback Riding

109315Horseback riding is popular in Vilcabamba, mostly due to the quality of local horses and the stunning natural beauty of the valley. There are rides for all levels and interests. Beginners will want ...
Horseback Riding
Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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