The pace of Vilcabamba

Trip Start Feb 03, 2011
Trip End Jul 01, 2011

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Hosteria Izhcayluma Vilcabamba
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Ecuador  , Loja,
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vilcabamba is a lovely little town in the south of Ecuador. BUT, although we enjoyed the hiking and the relaxing ambiance of the hostel we stayed at, we noticed something in the town of Vilcabamba. We went down to the town to have a look around the first day. Hippy Americans were a dime a dozen there. Mixed with the slow-paced locals it gave a weird vibe. Just some examples of our encounters.  I walked into this one shop, which had a coconuts laying in front of the store and a sign that read: ´Jugos naturales´. So, I went in and asked the rasta haired guy: ¿Cual tipos frutas tiene por los jugos? ¨Oh, my Spanish isn´t that good! Sorry, English please¨, he replied with a strong American accent. I was dumbstruck. I would not be happy opening a shop in another country and not speaking the language. But that´s just me. 
He told us he didn´t have jugos (what about the sign? Latin-American logic, I guess), but on the other side of the plaza we would find a jugobar. The middle aged guy there told us he was from Pennsylvania. Also, I met this American woman on the bus back from Parque Podocarpus. She had written a book, which included herself as the main character. ¨This book will change your life and you can buy it at bookstores for $3¨, she said. I thought, wow I´ll have to mention it to Oprah so she can discuss in her bookclub. And it doesn´t sound cliché at all ;-)
The locals were slow. Generally, in Ecuador the pace is a little slower. Mañana, Mañana. Pero, these locals were sloooooow. They all sat in front of their shops with drinks, almost sleeping. The woman who sold us stamps at the internetcafé took about an hour to calculate how many and the amount of $ stamps we had to put on our postcards.
So, Vilcabamba is nice town to visit and wind down from traveling, BUT unless you want to go ´coco loco´, only stay for a couple of days.
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Ulrik Skovenborg on

I would love to read that book. Maybe it will change my life... or not. But anyway, nice blog entry. I'll look foreward to entries about Machu Picchu and Ariquipa because I was there too.

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