Vilcabamba

Trip Start Oct 06, 2005
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Trip End Oct 04, 2006


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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The first thing Bev and I noticed when we arrived in Vilcabamba was the glorious sunshine! It was lush! We quickly found ourselves a great hostel called Rondez Vouz and then changed into shorts and t-shirt before exploring the tranquility of the village. Basically people come here to relax in the stunning mountainous surroundings and thatīs exactly what we did. We read our books, wrote our journals, planned our boarder crossing into Peru and ate good food. It was bliss.

Vilcabamba has, for many years, been known as the "valley of longevity" as inhabitants supposedly live to be 100 or more. Many scientists have spent time here trying to figure out why but as yet have no answers. It certainly is a great place to live thatīs for sure. We met one very interesting inhabitant called Mick. Well actually we called him "mad Mick from Norwich" as he was completely bonkers. He was in his late thirties and had visited the village many years ago when he was traveling with a girlfriend. Two years ago him Mam won the lottery. The upshot of that was that she gave him half a million and he decided to move to Vilcabamba and live out the rest of his life there, maybe up to 70 years of it!

We initially met Mick in a coffee shop playing Jenga with 2 Polish girls, called Magda and Yolande. I have to say for someone who spends his time drinking, smoking (Iīm not just talking tobacco!) and partaking in Shaman offerings of San Pedro, that man could really play Jenga. For all he was off his head he had a very steady hand and beat us all time and time again.

The Polish girls were also heading into Peru and so we all decided to leave together the next day.
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