The “Valley Of Longevity” is what Vilcabamba, Ecuador is known as. Supposedly there is something in the water that leads to an increased life span. I’ve walked around the town and talked to one gentleman that told me he was 98 years old. It looked like he had many years of living before him, so maybe it is true.
Location: Near the bus station in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Walk down the main street that you came in on the bus toward Loja one block. Entrance is on the first side street when you come to the hotel.
Price: 6 USD for Single (no haggle price), 10 USD for double. Extended stay you can work a deal.
Cuenca, Ecuador is a really nice town to unwind and kick back in. Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city, but does not feel overwhelmingly large. You can find some good places to eat and plenty of sightseeing places to keep you busy.
Location: Peatonal La Condamine (between Tarqui and Juan Montalvo)
Price: 25 cents
Alausi, Ecuador is a charming town and worth a visit if you are passing by. Slowly the town is becoming accustomed to the tourist dollars and you will find that the prices can vary in restaurants and hotels. So ask before you order that instant coffee and discover that they are charging gourmet prices. Actually I ran into this often with the street vendors. Seemed “one dollar” was the phrase of the day.
I traveled to Riobamba to ride the “devils nose train ride,” but unfortunately there is only a small section open (Riobamba to Palmira.) The last section of the train ride is supposed to be the most exiting with high speeds down a twisting steep mountain.
Scott of UnconventionalTravel.com takes you up the steep climb to view, “La Virgen” and then attempts to view the volcano, “Tungurahua.”
The statue, “La Virgen” honors the Holy Mother of the holy water and was built in 1987 by Father Acosta. There are 654 steps up the steep climb.
Located South of Quito, Ecuador about 3 ½ hours by bus, you will find the quaint town of Banos, Ecuador. Banos is famous for the thermal baths that are fed with volcanic hot water.
This is a nice travel destination in Ecuador, South America to visit for a week or two. Some people travel here and never leave. The climate is pretty good with warm to hot days and cool nights.
The fishing village of Canoa, Ecuador located about 20 minutes north of San Vicente is worth a visit. Like most discovered “so called” places of paradise, the true Canoa is slowly vanishing to the pressure of development.