|Kitzia Organic Market - our Saturday morning routine!
Nestled in southern Ecuador far from many of the major tourist attractions, Vilcabamba is not on every traveler's itinerary, but we think it should be! Out of all the amazing places we've seen in Ecuador, it's our favorite place to relax. If we are luckily enough to return to Ecuador some day, Vilcabamba will be on our list, hands down.
Vilcabamba is known among Ecuadorians for the health and longevity of its people. As such, there are all sorts of products marketed around what makes it such a healthy place - Vilcabamba bottled water, spice mixes, etc. After spending a month here, we suspect it's more the relaxed pace, abundance of organic/local food, and tons of walking/hiking that makes the locals here live so long.
|Some visuals of our cabin in Vilcabamba - a perfect place to relax!
|One of our favorite local hiking trails
We spent our month in Vilcabamba in a cabin in the mountains with an open air kitchen and a porch with a view. After two months of constant travel in and out of noisy and hectic Quito, we were excited to slow our pace and relax a bit. We gratefully welcomed hiking, swimming, yoga, sunsets, and lots of reading into our daily routine.
|Me taking a dip in our favorite swimming hole
We hope that these pictures convey the beauty of Vilcabamba. Despite how much we loved our travels, we are thrilled to be home for the holidays and back with friends and family. Missing everyone back home was definitely the toughest part of our trip, and while we're sad to leave Ecuador, we're happy that part is over!
|Our cabin in Vilcabamba was next to a beautiful river where we've fallen in love with a few swimming holes. Freezing but completely refreshing after a hike in the Vilcabamba heat and humidity.