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Feb 14, 2016 - Vilcabamba #17

This is my 17th visit to Vilcabamba, about 5 hours south of Cuenca near the city of Loja. Vilcabamba is called The Valley of Longevity and designated as a Blue Zone, a demographic and geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives. Blue Zones also located in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece, and the Seventh-Day Adventist settlement in Loma Linda, California. Maybe there is something to this theory because there are an inordinate amount of very fit and healthy elderly farmers in the Vilcabamba area. Because of this...

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Sep 18, 2014 - Vilcabamba Revisited

Once again we chartered a van for the trip 4 hours south through Loja and on to Vilcabamba, The Valley of Longevity. We spent two nights and three days at Hosteria Izhcayluma as usual. We explored the little town and even took in an open-air yoga class but everyone agreed that the trip was too short. Single room $25 Double room $32 Queen-size cabins with screened porch also available. www.izhcayluma.com

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Sep 19, 2013 - Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity, Ecuador

We took a 5 hour bus ride jiggy-jog across the Andes. Very curvy roads up and down and around as fast as the bus driver could go. Whew! Like the cartoons of the bus on two wheels careening around the curves about to fall over the edge and passengers thrown from side to side. But it was worth it. Vilcabamba is BEAUTIFUL, AND WARM! The area became notorious after a 1973 article for National Geographic that stated meany people living here were over the age of 100. It was eventually determined that the people interviewed were not entirely...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Vilcabamba Valley of Longevity

On this trip to Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity, we assembled the biggest group of friends yet. There were 10 of us in a chartered van ($18 per person) for the four-hour ride to Loja and beyond to the Izhcayluma Resort in Vilcabamba. We arrived on Saturday and left at noon on Tuesday. It was just long enough for everyone to pursue their interests, whether they were hiking, playing billiards, lounging at the pool, or taking advantage of spa services. www.izhcayluma.com

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2013 In Ecuador

Feb 27, 2013 - Week 22 - Mancora, Vilcabamba (Peru, Ecuador)

After Rhys had finished his first day of Spanish homework he was too fried to go out for dinner so I ended up heading into town myself and ate at a lovely little café away from the blaring bars along the beach road with a good book and cuba libre for company. Our second day of Spanish classes started at 9am for 3 hours. We couldn’t have picked a better location, sitting in the hostel common area with views over Mancora and out to sea and a 4 month old puppy called Lola to distract us. (Lola became our best friend after staying at the hostel...

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Jan 28, 2013 - Vilcabamba - in the town

Last Thursday, I repacked my bag and moved to a cheaper hotel ($16 a night) down in the village. It's called Rendez-Vous (French-owned). My social life has greatly improved since then. Up on the hill, I was mostly rubbing shoulders with groups of Germans, couples, and small families who mostly kept to themselves. Down here in the town, everybody seems to know everybody. People (like me) who've been in town less than a week will have conversations like this: Person 1: Have you met Barbara yet? Person 2: Yes, yesterday at breakfast Person 1:...

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Jan 23, 2013 - Vilcabamba - up on the hill

Sunday morning I left Cuenca by mini-van. We were only 6 passengers, and the experience was entirely more pleasant than the local buses that stop everywhere and take forever. It only took 3 hours (instead of 5 on the bus) to get to Loja. The cost: $12 instead of $8. Definitely worth it. Most of the three hours were along a roller-coaster of a (two-lane) highway, up and down and around mountains. I surprised myself by not feeling woozy, even though I hadn't taken any motion sickness medication. I sat next to a couple of large Americans and...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Vilcabamba Bound Again

This is my eighth trip to Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity, 4 hours south of Cuenca ($12 van ride). This little town has beautiful scenery, good food, spa services, hiking and horseback riding opportunities and our hotel of choice is Izhcayluma. We always meet interesting travelers while here and I never tire of the place. It is owned by brothers Peter and Dieter Schramm from Germany. The elegance of a resort, priced for backpackers, with something for everyone: Single room, private bath, breakfast included $25 Double room $35 Queen bed...

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Jun 16, 2012 - The Garage Sale and Winning the Wager

I advertised a garage sale of all the leftovers, overflow, and things I needed to get rid of after the move upstairs. LindaRose helped me organize, price, and display the books, clothes, and knickknacks we had to sell. We had a great turnout with many early birds. I sold almost everything in the garage. Because I won a wager with LindaRose, she took me to dinner tonight at El Jardin in the Hotel Crespo. Since it is the Feast of Corpus Christi fiesta in Cuenca, there were candy vendors all around the cathedral. We stopped to buy some coconut...

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Jun 7, 2012 - LindaRose and Friends Leave for Vilcabamba

Ah, yes, another trip to the Valley of Longevity. LindaRose and friends Rick Kamerzell and David and Kathy Ireland packed their bags on June 7 for Izhcayluma, a wonderful resort in the Valley of Longevity, Vilcabamba. Not too much time was spent resting. We ate, drank, played darts, pool and hiked along the river bed. LindaRose was interviewed by a television station from the province of Ambato on their first nite of arrival. The photos will show you what a good time we all had.

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Feb 10, 2012 - Vilcabamba, Ecuador

So I decided to travel the month of February. There weren`t many classes at ILC and far too many teachers, so I figured my time and money would be better spent seeing new things in new places. I left Chachapoyas at 5 AM on February 6th. The first combi (minivan) took me to Pedro Ruiz, and the sencond combi took me to Bagua Grande. Then I had to switch to taxis to take me to Jaen, then San Ignacio, then Balsa. That`s the border town in Peru. I got there around 3:30 PM, did all the necessary paperwork to leave the country and crossed the...

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Jun 3, 2011 - Our Trip to Vilcabamba

Seven of us loaded up in a van on our way to Vilcabamba, about 4-1/2 hours south of Cuenca. This little village is picturesque, laid back and alleged to be the Valley of Longevity, having inhabitants live to the ripe old age of 120. Many of the ex-pats are hippies we used to see in the '60s, selling home made wares, such as jewelry. Small shops and cafes adorn the village. Our 3 day stay at Izhcayluma Hosteria (www.Izhcayluma.com), which included breakfast, our choice of one dinner at the restaurant and many drinks at the bar was a total...

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