Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Tucked away deep in southern Ecuador is Vilcabamba, which lies at the heart of Ecuador’s southern-most province of Loja. The Incas referred to it as the Sacred Valley, but today it’s known as the Valley of Longevity. Over the years, Vilcabamba has attracted almost 200 North Americans and Europeans. The mellow lifestyle, small village atmosphere, and wide open spaces were exactly what they were looking for.

Vilcabamba is clean, small, and friendly. Its dreamy, well-maintained town square is a favorite in Ecuador. With their jagged peaks rising on all sides, the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.

Crystal clear streams splash down from the nearby cloud forest, providing the area with clean water. Its climate is one of Ecuador’s finest, at a perfect altitude of about 5,000 feet. Looking down on the valley is the giant Mandango, the region’s centerpiece geological formation.

At 5,000 feet elevation (1,500 meters) the Vilcabamba Valley sits at the “perfect altitude”. You’ve got glorious weather in the 70s and 80s all year, with no need for heat or air conditioning. Rainfall is moderate.

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In Pictures: Six of the Best Mountain Towns in Ecuador

Recent years have seen the small South American country of Ecuador attract many foreigners to its borders. The low cost of living, diverse geography, and ease of immigration are just a few factors that make this equatorial nation appealing.

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Five Things to Do Before You Move to Ecuador

It’s great to have step-by-step guides, especially for big and potentially complicated tasks. Moving yourself out of your home country to a completely new and different culture…and language…certainly qualifies as a big and complicated task. It involves many more steps than just five, but considering only the preparatory phase—the phase before the actual move—here are five essential steps to take before you move to Ecuador.

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Best Places to Retire Overseas and Escape to a Better Climate

Tired of shoveling snow, braving the torrential rain or wrapping up against the bitter cold? If so, check out these top three places to retire for a better climate as ranked in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014. With a perfect score of 100 and for the second year in a row, Ecuador comes out top in the Climate category and is the overall runner up in this year’s Global Retirement Index. Lying directly on the equator, it enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight 365 days a year.

Healthier and Happier—The Appeal of Ecuador’s Sacred Valleys

Healthier and Happier—The Appeal of Ecuador’s Sacred Valleys

A patchwork quilt of blue-green grass stretches before you, complemented here and there with splashes of fuchsia, lavender, coral, bright yellow… The unmistakable aroma of eucalyptus hitches a ride on a fresh breeze, accented by wood smoke that you can just spy wisping its way out of a red-brick chimney poking from an adobe-walled casita, barely visible on the mountainside far across the way.

Some simple strategies could salvage your retirement to places like Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Top Strategies for Retirement Abroad

Many who were on the fast track to retirement have now seen their retirement savings depleted and their plans sidetracked. Many wonder if they can retire at all, much less earlier than planned.
With a few simple strategies and ideas there are a couple of ways to salvage your retirement plans.

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Where to Vacation Like Incan Royalty

Brilliant yellow sunflowers, lush green ferns, banana, papaya and palm trees…the Vilcabamba valley is a nature lover’s retreat. You’ll see soaring vultures, vivid black and red tanagers, and small powder-blue finches that flit from tree to tree.

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Expats Reveal Why They Fell in Love with Ecuador

Out of all the countries International Living writes about, one in particular shines. It’s topped our Global Retirement Index—our pick of the 22 best countries to retire in the world—five years in a row…has a temperate climate year-round…offers a higher quality of life at an affordable price (cost of living can be as low as $900 a month)…and has a city, town or village to suit every taste or budget.

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Why Move to Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

In Ecuador we found one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world. And with a low cost of living, a government that leaves us alone, and some of the friendliest people you’re ever likely to meet, Ecuador more than exceeded our expectations.

Ecuador has been on my radar for about six months now and my wife had been somewhat lukewarm to the idea, only because of kids & future grandkids etc…  But after listening to the Fast Track package she is sold.

I think the visit next year will “seal the deal”. Even though I had been trying to explain to her that in reality she would probably end up spending more quality time with the kids/grandkids with expanded visits back home, it really helped for her to hear how others deal with that issue. That’s really been her only hesitation to the plan.  Thanks to IL for helping me/us overcome that minor obstacle!

We are both very excited about relocating to Ecuador in the next three to four years.  From all of the research I’ve done to date, Cuenca seems to be the perfect fit for us.  Although, a farm in the Vilcabamba countryside is not out of the question.

Thanks again for all that you guys do. IL Magazine and the resulting daily postcards etc.. is one of the best investments I have ever made.

–Turk Bence

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

My grandma, a legendary green thumb, once tried her hand at growing bananas. She was successful, producing exactly one banana… from a plant in a pot, in her living room, in Wisconsin, in the dead of winter. The bad news? I didn’t inherit my grandmother’s green thumb. The good news? Living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I don’t need it. And neither will you because the area has such ideal growing conditions that anybody can be successful, even with little or no experience. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

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How We Found Our Paradise in Vilcabamba

It started when I was a boat captain on an authentic sternwheeler. Passengers always had questions, but never more so than when 100 five- and six-year-olds piled onboard for their end-of-the-school-year field trip.

Living the American Dream... in Ecuador

Living the American Dream… in Ecuador

That belief in freedom is still driving people today—and some have chased the American dream all the way to Ecuador. Take Cynthia and Ron Kelley. They didn’t want the identikit big house with the white picket fence. They wanted something unique to them—but they could never have afforded to build such a home in the U.S. In Canoa, Ecuador, however…

Ecuador’s Not Just for Retirees...

Ecuador’s Not Just for Retirees…

“You know what?” my new friend said. “You need to tell this to young people.” We were having coffee during one of the networking breaks here at the Fast-Track Ecuador Conference, and my new friend was much like me… much like the majority of our attendees… nearing or at retirement age and finally ready to have the overseas adventure she always wanted.

The Unvarnished Truth about Ecuador

Ecuador: The Unvarnished Truth

In Ecuador, you can have it all…but it doesn’t come without sacrifice. At times, International Living is accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses… of overlooking the bad and omitting the blemishes. If you’ve been here in Quito the past few days, you surely would not agree with that.

The Smartest Choice of All Was to Move to Ecuador

The Smartest Choice of All Was to Move to Ecuador

“No matter what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for, you can find it here in Ecuador,” I told about 350 people today. It may be a small country, but the variety it has to offer is huge… From palm-lined beaches… to tranquil living in small mountain villages… to modern cosmopolitan living in sophisticated cities like Quito and Cuenca, both of which have historic centers that are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise

26 Ways to Know You’re Living in Paradise…

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere…but only if you can find me a place that has… 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt. 2. Beautiful scenery…because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.

26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise

26 Ways to Know You’re Living in Paradise…

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere…but only if you can find me a place that has… 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt. 2. Beautiful scenery…because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.

What Do the Happiest Expats Have in Common?

What Do the Happiest Expats Have in Common?

It doesn’t matter where they came from or what they did back home—teacher, entrepreneur, dentist, secretary, taxi driver, journalist—the happiest expats we meet overseas have one thing in common: They brought their sense of adventure with them. I’m not talking dare-devil tendencies. I mean, simply, that they went overseas ready to try new things, to be confounded, to be impressed, to be surprised… I bring this up because you should know: Living overseas works best when you’re pulled there and not just pushed.

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Adventures in Ecuador

In Ecuador, every day is a memory maker. But some more than others… Like the time three of us stayed at a friend’s beachfront house in Olón, with a bamboo bar overlooking the ocean. We dubbed it the “Sand Bar,” for its sand floor. (The owner paid just $50,000 for this house, by the way.) Long into the night, the guys played guitars and sang…

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Everyone who moves to Ecuador has a different reason for doing it, but they all have one thing in common… they’re glad they did. Earl Phillips and his wife, Jan, almost lost everything they had spent 36 years working for when the property bubble in the U.S. burst. But after Jan suggested moving from their home in central Washington to the coast of Ecuador…

"But I Don’t Speak Spanish"

“But I Don’t Speak Spanish”

While in Miami airport recently awaiting a flight home, I struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler. When he learned I lived in Ecuador he was extremely curious and asked many questions about why I was there and how I liked it. Before we parted he said, “Well, I don’t speak Spanish so I couldn’t move to your new country.” He’s partially right.

“We thoroughly loved Ecuador”

 

We went to Ecuador in May.  We spent a few nights at El Andino in Quito and  enjoyed it.  We thoroughly loved Ecuador – all areas from Vilcabamba to the coast to Cotacachi.

We plan to build in Checa (Pakakuna Gardens), so we’ll have the “country quiet” but be close to vibrant Quito (which we fell in love with after spending almost 2-1/2 weeks there…walking to various neighborhoods and soaking it all in).  What great people everywhere, tho.

Thanks to IL for many wonderful years of ideas, and boy are we looking forward to the Ecuador lifestyle mixed with our Nova Scotian life (at least for a while longer).

–Diane and Bob Outerbridge

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“Is Ecuador Everything You Hoped?”

Six years ago, Sue and I saw our home in Vilcabamba, Ecuador for the very first time. Even though it was our first day ever in South America and we hadn’t even seen the town of Vilcabamba yet, we agreed to buy the property five minutes after stepping through the blue steel gate that was the entrance to the property. And, as it turned out, to our new life.

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Long Life and Low Costs in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

In Vilcabamba, Ecuador, you feel like you could live forever. It’s no wonder that this boasts of being the “Valley of Longevity,” where long, healthy lives are common and many of the locals claim to be centenarians—living well into their 100s. Perhaps it’s the climate. Just shy of the equator in southern Ecuador and at an elevation of 5,000 feet, temperatures in Vilcabamba average between 65 F and 81 F.

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Long Life, Low Costs in Ecuador’s Sacred Valley

The morning mist burns away to reveal an expanse of velvety mountains and the green-carpeted valley in all its glory. Fresh air and blazing blue skies are to be expected here in the Andes. Here, you feel like you could live forever. It’s no wonder that this boasts of being the “Valley of Longevity,” where long, healthy lives are common and many of the locals claim to be centenarians—living well into their 100s.

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Three Mountain Retreats in Ecuador

Friends in Ecuador couldn’t decide between the mountains and the beach. So they chose both. Because Ecuador may be the most affordable expat haven ever, you can do that here. For $114,000 total, our friends bought two condos—one beachfront and one with a mountain view. And their monthly expenses are less than $900.

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Living in Loja, Ecuador: The Valley of Smiles

Even most Ecuadorians haven’t been to Loja, despite the fact that it’s one of the country’s oldest and most historic cities. Spanish conquistadors set out from here in their search for Andean gold and to explore the Amazon River basin. The great Simón Bolívar himself visited Loja in his campaign to unite Gran Colombia, and it was from Loja that Ecuador declared its independence in 1820.

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How Much to Live in Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

Vilcabamba, Ecuador is a place that’s pristine and natural. It just makes you want to slow down and enjoy life as long as you can. Some scientists believe the clean, mineral-rich water that flows from mountain streams and springs is akin to the fountain of youth.

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador: The Valley of Longevity

I asked for a room with a view and wow, did I get it. This is the sight that greeted me as I stepped out onto the terrace on my first morning in Vilcabamba, a small village in southern Ecuador. Come to think of it, this was the scene I awoke to every morning during my visit…a wake-up call I could definitely get used to…

Loja, Ecuador: Where You'll Enjoy the Best Climate in the World

Loja, Ecuador: Where You’ll Enjoy the Best Climate in the World

This place boasts the world’s best climate…averaging daytime temperatures in the mid-70s every day of the year. So where am I? In Loja, a manageable city of about 180,000 people in southern Ecuador. At 6,750 feet above sea level, Loja is at a lower elevation than many of the country’s other major cities perched along the spine of the Andes mountain range.

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Rent for $100 a Month in Ecuador

Rent overseas before you buy. That’s good advice for anyone looking to try a new country on for size. Despite its incredibly low real estate costs, Ecuador is no exception. Fortunately, rental costs in Ecuador are very affordable, too.

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Americans Retire Overseas “From 600 per Month”

U.S. citizens can retire overseas for as little as $600 a month per couple, according to the live-abroad experts at InternationalLiving.com. An article in InternationalLiving.com’s latest magazine issue highlights the world’s five best low-cost, high-value retirement destinations outside the U.S.

The Cheapest Places to Retire: Five Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

The Cheapest Places to Retire: Five Towns Where You Can Live Better for Less

If you’re looking overseas for a low-cost alternative to an uncertain retirement at home, there’s good news. You can find it in places that offer not just “cheap” living, but a whole basketful of benefits, too—places where a mild spring-like climate is yours all year round…beaches are of powder-white sand…snow-capped mountains soar above colonial towns…and your costs could be as low as $600 a month.

News and Notes from Around the World

News and Notes from Around the World

On the Cover This Month… Surrounded by picturesque farms, orchards and towering mountains, Vilcabamba is a place people visit and don’t want to leave. The climate is perfect—spring all year round, the local expat community well established and welcoming, and the cost of living is low. The town’s central square is the ideal place to […]

Low Costs and the Good Life Abroad

Low Costs and the Good Life Abroad

The lush, green valley of Vilcabamba was where the royalty of the Inca Empire came for their rest and relaxation. You can still find reminders of their ancient civilization. And people are still coming here to find tranquility and live well. In the past three years, this magical place has experienced a tsunami of new arrivals.

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Retired at 44 in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

We started researching retirement property, making full use of the Internet, libraries, networking, country visits, and, of course, International Living. It was a part-time job for us…and in no particular hurry, we passed on properties that didn’t measure up; settle for less, and that’s exactly what you’ll get. In July 2006, after searching for five years, we found a property in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

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