Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Pros
1. Affordable Organic Food. This was a main attraction for me. Every Saturday there is a great organic market run by Kitzia Kokopelmana where you can find all kinds of fruits, veggies and greens at fantastic prices. Of course, if you stay longer, you would have the option to grow your own. There are many expats selling non-GMO seeds and swapping crops with each other.
2. Affordable Housing. There are many options available. Check the notice board at the Juice Factory for postings. We also really enjoyed staying at the Meditation Center in town; it has a great outdoor kitchen and very clean rooms. Bernie, the owner, is a really nice guy and he also happens to be a real estate agent in case you are looking for a home to buy!
3. Nice locals. The Ecuadorian people are very sweet and we really enjoyed speaking our broken Spanish when we could.
4. International delivery is ok. I met some people who ordered supplements from Vitacost and everything seemed to arrive ok. I had a few packages sent from USA that arrived safely (it does take longer than other places, up to 3 weeks for airmail). This becomes very important when you actually decide to live in a place.
5. Relatively Safe. More on this in the "Con" section, but for the most part when comparing to Central America or Colombia, I would consider Ecuador to be much more politically stable and crime-wise a safer choice.
6. Mountain views, rainbows, peaceful feeling. Arenâ€™t we all hoping for more of that in life?
7. Good climate. Itâ€™s not too hot or too cold year-round. You donâ€™t near air-conditioning or heat and that means more fresh mountain air and negative ions for your health!
8. Easy to Get Residency. If you have $25,000 USD in an Ecuadorian bank or the equivalent value in property in Ecuador, you can apply for a resident visa and stay permanently. There seems to be a lots of hoops and paperwork to make this happen, but many people succeed and itâ€™s certainly a reason why a lot of expats move to Ecuador.
9. Many Interesting Activities. Check the notice boards and ask around; youâ€™ll quickly see that there are a lot of good workshops and activities being offered on everything from energy healing to womenâ€™s circles to essential oil lessons and much more.
So what are the Cons of Vilcabamba? Read my full review HERE >>>>
Vilcabamba, Ecuador: The Raw Food Valley of Longevityâ€¦ or Just Hype?