Need a break from city life? Check out Vilcabamba

A growing number of travelers from around the world have begun an exodus to a tiny town in southern Ecuador — Vilcabamba — that sits tucked away in a green valley surrounded by a series of undulating mountains. Some, like my wife and myself, are drawn to its scenic beauty and mild weather for a brief getaway, while others have decided to move there permanently to escape from a variety of perceived ills in our Western civilization. Around 500 mostly long-haired foreigners mix peaceably with the four thousand locals, many of whom claim to live so long that the area…

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