Hiking in the Valley of Longevity

Surely, having spent time in Vilcabamba, nicknamed “Valley of Longevity”, in the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s, has added days to our lives, or so we hope.

Our stay at Hosteria Izhcayluma, a mountain resort in the village was as their brochure promised; relaxing surroundings, lush green gardens, and inviting hammocks for lounging the days away. We did just that, and after a few days of rest, we were ready to hike some more.

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Throughout the valley, is a series of hiking trails that traverse the stunning hills and mountains. The hostel can provide maps and clear instructions to some the marked paths.

We took the blue marked trail ‘D’.
Duration: approx. 5 hours

Upon leaving, the path passes the small indigenous village of Mollebamba.

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As we gained elevation, we had beautiful views of Vilacabamba.

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Climbing some more, we reached the ridge line, and from here the walk is spectacular. Following the narrow ridge, the adrenaline flowed as we passed the most precarious parts.

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The trail home was along the dry riverbed, uneventful and long.

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That evening, along with other guests we enjoyed some cold cervezas while playing a few games of ping-pong and pool at the relaxing bar area of the hostel.

If you visit Vilcabamba, Ecuador, the Hosteria Izhcayluma is the place to stay.

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