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Vilcabamba...maybe it means the valley of laziness

Written on: Tuesday October 9th, 2007

A journal entry from: Kevin and Julie's RTW

We were encouraged by several backpackers to visit Vilcabamba and the Lonely Planet guide book talks about this city as a place of longevity, where the elderly live until 120. This morning we were having breakfast and asking ourselves what is the town of Vilcabamba. We could easily come up with a list of things that it doesn't have, but there is no point to that. Maybe it?s the climate, the calm temperament of the locals, but for us and many other backpackers, it?s the charming hostels. Some cities are meant to been explored and some are great for relaxing. We?ve been here for five days and only this morning did we go and see the town (about 10 blocks squared). The rest of the time we spent swinging in our hammock, eating in restaurants, Julie reading and research our next destination, and me playing guitar. We did get out on Sunday and went for a hike to the curative waters of Agua de Hierro which was listed as a two hour trek, but as it turned out we made it up in 40 minutes. But yes there are a couple of things worth doing, including a day of horseback riding through the Andes at a cost of 25$, or staying on a mountain side refugio, going for an hour massage will cost you 8$, or renting mountain bikes and choosing your own path. All great activities, we just didn?t do them. They would have gotten in the way of our tranquility.

Tomorrow we leave behind this little valley of paradise for a 9 hour bus ride to the Peruvian city of Piura. A new chapter of our trip will begin. We're ready and excited for it but this little place calls to us to just stay one more day...