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#21 Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Population: Just over 7,000
Average Annual Temp: 75°F
Affordability (8 of 10)
Real Estate Prediction Meter (8 of 10)
Quality of Life (7 of 10)

Why We Love Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Located in what has been called the Valley of Longevity in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, Vilcabamba has long held a magnetic attraction for those in search of the secret of longer living. Known as the “playground of the Incas” because of its use by Incan royalty as a retreat, Vilcabamba (meaning sacred valley) has a moderate mountain climate, a relaxed style of living, and a growing expat community that have made it a must-see destination for foreigners to the region.

While this mountain pueblo may not hold the magic answer to aging, the stunning views, easy access to nature reserves such as Parque Nacional Podocarpus, Las Palmas Cloud Forest and Tapichalaca Reserve, as well as a growing number of alternative medical spas and practitioners certainly make the area conducive to a natural lifestyle. The nearby town of Loja, once the gateway for the conquistadors to begin their jungle explorations, has a number of historic and cultural sites to delight history buffs.

Getting to Vilcabamba is best done by taking a TAME domestic flight from Quito to Loja and then boarding one of the regularly scheduled buses to the pueblo for the one hour ride. Shared taxis are another option. Once there, getting around is easy using one of the truck cooperatives, known as camionetas, that can be accessed in the town square.

Who Else Will Love Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Retirees looking for an exotic location with a great climate, a growing expat community, and a low cost of living may find that Vilcabamba ticks all of the right boxes. Expats looking to immerse themselves in a local culture that incorporates a more natural lifestyle will be drawn to the abundance of locally grown produce and the alternative medicine options that have become a mainstay of this mountain community.

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Vilcabamba, Ecuador Investment Outlook

The continued expat and retiree interest in Vilcabamba, combined with very reasonable property values, makes for a strong return on investment a good possibility. Add in the aggressive approach of the Ecuadorian government to attract foreign dollars, and the possibilities are vast.

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Real Estate in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Vilcabamba
Ecuador
Amazing two-bedroom two bath luxurious rental on gigantic riverfront lot in Hacienda San Joaquin. Comes with full time employee, greenhouse with the all the mai...
For Rent
Single Family Home
2 beds
1 bath
$1,000
1,000
USD
For Rent
Vilcabamba, Ecuador Latitude: -4.2623285
Longitude: -79.2253776
Vilcabamba
Ecuador
With only a 5 minute walk to town center, this picture-perfect hidden gem is the essence of Vilcabamba, aka The Valley of Longevity. The stunning organic orchar...
For Sale
Other
$297,000
297,000
USD
For Sale
Vilcabamba, Ecuador Latitude: -4.2623285
Longitude: -79.2253776
Vilcabamba
Ecuador
1.5 hectare (3.7 acre), flat, riverfront lot in Santorum – 15 minutes to Vilcabamba and an hour to Loja. Located on the other side of a beautiful river, this pr...
For Sale
Acreage & Fincas
0 beds
0 bath
$55,000
55,000
USD
For Sale
Vilcabamba, Ecuador Latitude: -4.2623285
Longitude: -79.2253776
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