Nestled under the watchful eye of its mythical mountain protector Mandango, whose presence is said to protect the area from earthquakes and other natural disasters, lies world famous Vilcabamba. The area has been referred to as the "Playground of the Inca" which refers to its historic use as a retreat for Incan royalty. Located just 45 minutes outside of
, with its idyllic climate, stunning natural beauty and mix of pueblo culture and global influence, Vilcabamba offers one of the most unique experiences in the world.
Known as the Sacred Valley, due to its notoriously clean water and mineral rich soil, Vilcabamba is one of the most popular destinations in Ecuador. Located in a historic and scenic valley, it is a common destination for tourists and international residents seeking a higher quality of life. Vilcabamba is often referred to as the Valley of Longevity due to the extended life expectancy claimed by the locals, who report enjoying a healthy and vigorous lifestyle in their old age.
Vilcabamba offers a plethora of -high quality cuisine, organic markets, artisan products, breathtaking natural attractions, as well as eco-friendly lodges and spiritual retreat centers. Home to a large international, English speaking community, Vilcabamba attracts a highly conscious community, in which various types of healers, energy workers and spiritual seekers from all over the world have settled.