"It's pretty, but there's not a lot to do in Vilcabamaba", one of our Xpadorian friends told us. "But you will see a lot of interesting people." Actually, the prospect of hanging out in a quiet rural area with drop dead gorgeous scenery, eating good food, sipping a little wine, plus meeting interesting people from all over the world sounded like just the therapy we've been needing. The past six months has been filled with returning to Ecuador, getting our temporary visa, getting our residency visa, getting our cedula, opening a bank account, buying a house, doing some remodeling, getting our container here, unpacking said container, buying a security system for the house, etc. etc. etc. and so forth! Whew! who knew retiring could be such hard work!!!!!
|The gate to the Loja centro, built mostly as a tourist attraction. |
Our van from Cuenca had its depot near here.
|Descending into the valley where we retreated for 4 days |
from the cold and the "hectic" pace of life we had been leading in Cuenca.
|Our cabin at Izychaluma Resort|
|Suzanne at the cabin|
|View from the cabin's back deck.|
|It didn't take long to make good use of the hammock! With Suzanne is |
"Shotzie", one of our many stuffed bears. One always travels with us on trips!
|Looking downhill into Vilcabamaba centro from the resort.|
|A town square park is the focal point of Vilcabamba|
|Downtown is neat, clean, with some nice sidewalk cafes ideal for sitting,|
seeing the world go by and being seen.
|A stylish church on the square.|
|There are also accommodations in town. Just a block off the square is|
Jardins Escondido (Hidden Gardens), a hosteria and also a pretty decent
spot to have a Mexican luncheon.
|Suzanne and one of her new friends!|
|Roger enjoyed the grounds as well as the wine!|
|View from the dining room on our last morning!|
|We saw this mural during a few hours spent in Loja before our return to Cuenca.|