Place of Internal Youth (Apparently)

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Overlooking Vilcabamba from the first cross.

Vilcabamba is rumoured to be have the ´fountain of youth´. Not in reality of course, but apparently scientists have studied the people in Vilcabamba and they are the longest living people in the world, with people living to 120 years. We sure haven´t seen any really old people though. Apparently it´s the clean air, diet and exercise they get while living here.

Vilcabamba isn´t the nicest place we have been to, we were expecting something like Banos or Salento (in Colombia) but both places we rate nicer than here for reasons such as the beauty of the landscape and town themselves. The town of Vilcabamba is nothing striking. It does have a nice plaza but does have a lack of charm and the craft shops here are more expensive than Banos which is well know for it´s tourism.

We aren´t overally dissappointed though, although the rain has made it hard! We walked up to the first cross on one of the mountains yesterday. A really nice but at times challenging hikes due to it´s steepness and narrow path. A woman had been robbed at gunpoint just last week so we weren´t that worried, but nonetheless only took our cheap camera and no money. There had been 3 men, of which one has been arrested so we thought that it would be pretty safe as they would be in hiding anyway.

Since we have been here it´s been a lot of lying in our bed at the hostel watching DVDs and walking around (oh, and I even have had a few massages from Nathan, very nice)! We had bought a ticket to Macara which is at the border to Peru for last night, but we had heard that Peru were in the middle of counting votes for the elections which means that everything is closed and people aren´t allowed out of their homes until 6pm tonight (Sunday).

Plaza.
This seems common practice here in South America, so we had to change the ticket until tonight. We hop on a bus to Loja first at 8pm tonight and the overnight bus doesn´t leave for Macara until 11pm, then we get into Macara at about 4am tomorrow morning. Gives us some time to get across the border (it´s opened 24 hours), change some money and get in a taxi (hopefully) to the bus terminal on the Peru side to finally get to Chiclayo. If all else fails we will get to Piura which is 3 hours north of Chiclayo. It will be a long night, but luckily we have both mastered the art of sleeping on the bus! 

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Overlooking Vilcabamba from the fi…
Overlooking Vilcabamba from the f…
Plaza.
Plaza.
Breakfast. Would you believe this …
Breakfast. Would you believe this…
The Man.
The Man.
Overlooking Vilcabamba. Only just …
Overlooking Vilcabamba. Only just…
Jumping shot! It doesn´t look lik…
Jumping shot! It doesn´t look li…
Our gorgeous and super comfy room!
Our gorgeous and super comfy room!
Plaza.
Plaza.
Tasty restaurant.
Tasty restaurant.
Waiting on foooooood.
Waiting on foooooood.
A cute blue bird.
A cute blue bird.
The geek photo.
The geek photo.
Some kind of cricket or something.
Some kind of cricket or something.
Queen of the mountain.
Queen of the mountain.
Vilcabamba
photo by: Riz7