Real Estate in Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Real estate in Vilcabamba is affordable. Here are some examples of real estate available in Vilcabamba:
- A two-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,673 square foot home with incredible mountain views, completely furnished including appliances, cable TV and Internet. Price: $230,000.
- A fully-furnished, two-bedroom, one-bath house within walking distance of town on .22 acres of land (includes appliances). Price: $110,000.
- A small, two-year-old house on a 1.5 acre lot, seven miles from Vilcabamba, offers fabulous views in all directions. The land overlooks the Malacatos Valley and Mandango mountain and has more than 60 planted trees including macadamia, walnut, lemon, orange, grapefruit and palms. The house has a bedroom, a kitchen-living room, and a bathroom. There is a small storage shed nearby. Price: $80,000.
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It’s been called the Sacred Valley, the Valley of Longevity, and the Valley of Eternal Youth. Tucked into the heart of Ecuador’s southern Andes, the little town of Vilcabamba has earned those monikers, and it’s easy to see why. Steep rounded mountains rise from all directions, giving the town a feel of seclusion and protection. The rich black soil turns out hundreds of varieties of edible plants. And warm weather year-round makes the place a permanent paradise. In fact, when the Ecuadorian tourism bureau decided to market the country as “The Land of Eternal Spring,” I’m convinced it had Vilcabamba in mind. With temperature highs averaging between 74 F and 79 F and lows never dropping below the mid-50s F, it’s tough for me to imagine a more ideal climate.
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.
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.
He had a huge panoramic photo of his home—although you really couldn’t see the house for all the brilliantly colored bougainvillea tumbling over the walls and the fruit trees in the yard. Mango, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, passion fruit, banana, and much more we weren’t familiar with…even coffee.
“You’re out of your mind!” This was one of the milder things people said when I announced that after 30 years of living in the paradise of Maui, Hawaii, I was moving to South America. And at 80 years of age. Alone. Without speaking a word of Spanish.
Between the massive cordilleras of the Andes, nestled in fertile green valleys of equatorial eternal spring, sit some of Ecuador’s most beautiful highland colonial towns and cities. Here are my top four choices for retirement living:
Twittering birds colored orange and blue. Green mountains all around. A man hauling a giant bucket of strawberries. The smell of wood-shavings–I can hear a carpentry saw buzzing somewhere. Under the once-sacred Inca mountain of Mandango, Vilcabamba could turn out to be your Ecuadorian Shangri-La. But it’s hardly some remote, hidden valley–not any more. Gringos, […]