We recently in Christmas & New Year holidays took another trip to Vilcabamba in Loja Province in Ecuador. Vilcabamba as commonly addressed as "The Valley of Longivity" .
The silent mountains talk to us and nature at its best is what this town offers. It seems you can throw a seed and it will grow here. Blooming flowers and vegetation is like none other we have ever witnessed.
We loved the simplicity and beauty of town on our last trip and only regret was we did not stay there as trip was short but this time with one week in hand and heart ready to explore the beauty and what lies in its womb we headed back once again on Dec 26th to Vilcabamba.
This time we planned ahead and stayed at the most beautiful nature hosteria called Hosteria Izhcayluma. Set on a mountain top it is nothing but inviting your heart to take a rest. We rested, explored and soaked in the beauty for 4 days. From log cabins to balconies with hamocks and little dip in their pool to Yoga class in open room overlooking the magistic mountains in fresh air. Place offers massages and treatments left for your exploration. Trails and hiking trips and horse back riding trips. You name it and they have it. If they had space we would not have to move to Hosteria La Randez Vous another Hosteria with cottages in midst of thickest flower garden you can imagine. And a roof top to soak morning Sun or evening Stars.
I do not remember when was the last time I saw deep blue sky and shining bright stars. On first day we hiked on a trail that led to Centro of Vilcabamba town. In Ecuador each town has a tall church in the Centre of Town and a little park where there is a middle fountain and places to sit around and just be. Shops and restaurants are around this Centre and hence called El Centro.
On our first day there after breakfast we headed off to take a short hike to reach El Centro by foot. We walked through the village homes, banana & coffee plantations and took in the scene and reached 6 kms latter to El Centro.
I had heard about The Juice factory: a fresh organic juice and lunchoen place which had become a hub of meeting friends and people.
Last trip the shop was closed to our disappointment but this time I was excited to see the shop and meet with the owners. It is a quaint little juice shop which serves the best quality and variety of fresh juices and smoothies you can fancy.
I met with lovely owners Maria and Denis. Maria is native married to Denis an American. She lived many years in USA but now for last few years they have moved back to Vilcabamba and serving the community through this wonderful Organic paradise of nature juices. As you see pictures they will tell you the whole story of what is all used in making these nature concoctions to fill your heart and spirits as well as nurturing your body. If you ever are in Vilcabamba you cannot miss the " The Juice Factory" Proud owners work and mingle along with the guests making bonds for ever.
It opens everyday 8 am to 4 pm. The vegetarian soups and organic salad is the treat of the luncheon simple menu and I missed salad everytime as it got finished before we ever could get there. It is made fresh and served fresh with a smile and pride each day. For your sweet indulgence they have the best Waffles with fresh local strawberries and local organic honey!!!! simply Yum!!
Their server is an American lady full of spunk and life and knows each customer by names especially regulars. Her name is Chritine she is always busy and serving with a smile.
Maria & Denis diligent efforts to run this little local operation is
pure delight to watch.
At the back of the shop there was room full of all sorts of Health products and even Ayurvedic herbs it was pure delight to witness it. Picture are thousand words worth so here is a assortment of the products " The Juice Factory" supports to bring to the locals.
We met with Mohan Rao & Nina his wife: who shared with us that their son Cort a 15 years old is venturing as an entrapuener making and supplying "Gluten Free" chocolet chip cookies which Cort has named " Cort's Craft Cookies" when you have a chance do try them out they were YUM!
Your Partner in Total Health!
Few Pictures of our adventure hike, discoveries, Nature, Izhkayluma Hosteria, La Randaz Vous Hosteria and simple Nature shots at its best. I fell in Love with This Magestic Nature Town!!