Vilcambamba - a pretty little hippy town

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2015

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Flag of Ecuador  , Loja,
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Our next stop as we headed out of Ecuador was a little town called vilcambamba. We left Cuenca early in the morning and 2 moving market buses later we arrived. Vilcambamba is tiny and consists mainly of just one square around which are a couple of hostels, restaurants and the odd hippy ambling around the streets.
We checked into a hostel that was recommended from our last hostel and headed out for some food and a couple of drinks, we bumped into a Swiss guy that we'd met in cuenca and ended spending the evening with him. The following day we headed out to explore the local area. Vilcambamba is often referred to as the valley of longevity because it is widely believed that its inhabitants grow to a very old age. Locals say that it is not uncommon to see a person reach 100 years of age and it is claimed that many have gotten to 120, even up to 135!
It is also a famous place for treks and so we set off for the day choosing the one which we were told is difficult to get lost on! The trail lasted around 3 hours and we didn't see another person the entire way, it led up to a viewpoint where we were able to see the whole of vilcambamba and the lush green rolling hills which surround it including the "sleeping inca rock" a rock which overlooks the town and apparently protects it from earthquakes or other natural disasters.
We made it back to down very impressed with ourselves for not getting lost. That night i couldn't believe our luck when we found a restaurant that sold nothing but pasta! It was ace. We had another early bus journey the next day so called it a night fairly early.
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sarahs mum on

Hope you drunk their water

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