Vilcabamba and the Valley of Longevity
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Vilcabamba is a tiny little town of 5,000 people in the far south of Ecuador. It has a much warmer and wetter climate due to its lower altitude and is very popular among foreigners, attracting many to take up permanent residence. Supposedly, the fountain of youth is said to be located somewhere nearby and perhaps contributes to the health of the local population, as many people live very long and healthy lives. There are a few restaurants and shops in town but other than that there really isn´t much else. Nearby is Podacarpus National Park, but nearby is relative term meaning a full day of hiking and then whacking your way through the brush with a machete for hours on end, but it is supposed to be very beautiful. Closer and much more accessible is the trail up to Mandango, a mountain ridge that provides outstanding views over the town and is hiked in about 3 hours round trip.
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