Dear Family and Friends,
Ecuador is full of legends. The small town of Vilcabamba is no exception. One legend is that the inhabitants of this town are believed to live much longer than most folks. The reason is because of the mild climate, clean water, clean air and a slow, stress free pace of life. Therefore, it is known as the valley of longevity, where inhabitants live to be 100 years and beyond.
In the past twenty five years or so, Vilcabamba has become a retirement haven for people from all over the world, but mainly north Americans. A lot of the people who are attracted to this area are people who live an alternative lifestyle (healthy, vegetarians, vegans). There is a fair number of what I would call "old hippies." From what I have heard, there is a culture of conspiracy believers. I have heard that UFOs are spotted in the vicinity for example.
Click here to see a resident giving first hand testimony of a sighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5K6SMIh67w
Being aware of the above information, I loved it when I spotted a restaurant connected to the church called the UFO (United Falafel Organization). It is a restaurant that serves middle eastern lunches and dinners.