Vilcabamba is one of the most important tourist places of Ecuador, located 40 km south of the city of Loja. Surrounded by an idyllic landscape that keeps you in touch with nature, providing a natural setting and perfect weather that is mixed with a colonial atmosphere and quiet. It is known as the Valley of Longevity, that its inhabitants can live more than 100 years, the land still working hard as any healthy adult. Vilcabamba is one of the most benign of the country, where every year thousands of tourists attracted by its natural beauty and longevity of its inhabitants.
Vilcabamba also called Garden of Ecuador, is a place of prodigious polychrome and beauty, watered by rivers and Uchima Chamba. Huilcopamba comes from the Quechua, meaning "Plain of the sacred tree." And referring to the sacred tree is the huilco, known since the time of the Incas for its medicinal properties.
The city retains an architecture of the Republican era. Most homes are built Vilcabamba of adobe and wood, with courtyards, wide doorways and beautiful gardens. Most people work in agriculture where it is rare to find an old centennial farm work by any farmer of 45 or 50 years.
Vilcabamba Valley was known when scientists began to study the factors of the long life of their inhabitants. Since then, various theories speak of the virtues of spring weather, the purity of water, clean air, exercise and diet based on low-fat and high in fiber, magnesium prevents cardiovascular disease and purity of water.
The Vilcabamba Valley water contains active hydrogen which has two negative electrodes instead of one, which naturally combat free radicals. When consumed the body easily assimilates these organic minerals, producing a phenomenon of "chelation" is cleansing the body of heavy minerals. It is thus believed that water is the secret of "eternal youth."
Vilcabamba has a temperate climate with a very pleasant average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius, making it a paradise lost in the mountains. Offering many attractions for those looking to relax in contact with nature.
The great biodiversity attracts tourists from around the world to the Valley of Vilcabamba, which offers several attractions like hiking trails, horseback riding and hiking watching a gigantic collection of crystal waterfalls, cloud forests and high desert of the lake region.