I just got back from a short trip to Mexico and loved my time at the beach and soaking up the sun and enjoying the beach.
But do you want to know what’s on my bucket list?
One of the World’s Blue Zones
Nestled between Colombia and Peru in South America, Ecuador is a beautiful country with so much to see. It has stunning landscapes, mountains, and is home to the extraordinary Galapagos Islands.
But there’s something even more fun about Ecuador. Its Vilcabamba valley has one of the highest concentrations of centenarians of the world.
Quechua for “Sacred Valley,” this colorful and beautiful blue zone location now attracts tourists and expats year-round. However, they had little contact with the outside world until 1973, when Harvard researcher Dr. Alexander Leaf wrote a National Geographic article about their unusual longevity.
Experts believe their weather, low-fat diet, and their relaxed but active lifestyle have allowed its people to live active lives well into their 100s.
Discover Tours and Vacation Packages
Traveling to South America can feel a bit more overwhelming, especially if you don’t speak Spanish or have a lot of experience traveling outside of the country.
One of the best ways to travel, especially to a new place, is to book a tour. You can find the right one for you thanks to TourRadar.
They have an amazing list of Ecuador vacation and tour packages to choose from and you can even set when you want to travel and where you want to go within Ecuador (including the Vilcabamaba valley) so that you can get the most out of your trip.
Choose from self-guided up to fully-guided tours, private, group, or independent, and even select what age range is best for the tour.
Get In-Depth Travel Ideas
If you prefer to plan before you go and want the ability to guide yourself, we love this Lonely Planet Ecuador & Galapagos Islands travel guide.
Perfect to carry with you, it will tell you what the best things to see are, what you can skip, and all the insider tips you’ll need at your fingertips to have the best trip possible.
Use the month-by-month guide to festivals and weather to choose the right time to go and dig into the travel experiences you can discover in Vilcabamba. Get cultural insights and information for every budget.
You can have a wonderful experience in Ecuador. It’s time to plan and get there!