5 based on 16 reviews
Outdoor Adventure Tours offers a number of options for the discerning traveler. We specialize in hike in the Vilcabamba area that will be remembered for the rest of your life.
5 based on 7 reviews
Center for Yoga,Detox,Rejuvenation,Health,Knowledge & Wellbeing Located in San Pedro de Vilcabamba Call or email for directions or more information
If you are looking for a little TLC, or need a tune up to optimize you body's ability to make the most out of your vacation I would highly recommend Sarita's massages. she is a highly skilled physiotherapist and holds numerous trainings in a wide...MoreYes, great advice! Travelors, come in for body alignment and tune up!
5 based on 6 reviews
If you are looking for a place to get hand made gifts and the most beautiful jewellery search no more and get out to visit this shop. You won’t be disappointed. Always my last stop before heading back to Canada … beautiful jewellery and extremely affordable.
5 based on 3 reviews
While the waterfall Cascada El Palto is only moderately spectacular, the trail leading to the waterfall offers the most stunning views on the valley and countryside surrounding Vilcabamba. To get there, head west out of town in the direction of Yumburara. Follow the road until you get to a bridge that crosses the river on your right side (40-50 min out of town). The bridge has a large sign indicating that this is the official trail to Cascada El Palto. When I was there, I met a couple of horse back riding groups, as an easier alternative to walking (you can reserve this trip in town). The hike takes about 5 hours, 3 hours to get to the waterfall and 2 hours back to town. In the Mountains, you just need to follow the red dots or arrows, painted on the stones. If the iron gate shortly before the falls is locked, you can just walk around it, as a local guide told me. The superior GPS app maps.me has the hiking trail included.
5 based on 3 reviews
For people who want to start their own permaculture farm or organic garden, we offer a 5 Day Introductory and a 5 Day Advanced Permaculture Course in beautiful Ecuador. We also offer courses about natural healing surthrival and bushcraft,plus more and are always looking for volunteers and interns who are offered free classes. Contact us for lots more information.
I volunteered on Mike´s farm for two and a half weeks. I own a permaculture farm in the Peruvian jungle for 6 years and came to Mike´s farm to learn new organic, permaculture, biodynamic, and sustainable techniques from him, especially creating and managing a food forest, worm farming/vermiculture, aquaponics, organic fertilizers, bee keeping and chicken and rabbit raising.
Mike taught me about all the things I was interested in and always answered all my questions. Through hands-on experience I could master any of the new techniques in no time.
Mike showed me his food forest and aquaponics installation. I feed the worms, took out the vemicompost, prepared a new bed for the worms and checked the vemicopost for any worms which might still be in there. I cut Comfrey leaves and learned how to make an organic fertilizer out of it but also how to use it for wound healing. I built traps for wild bees and took care of the chicken, ducks and rabbits. I did also a lot of planting.
Mike is planning to offer permaculture courses and internships in the near future on his farm. I can highly recommend them to anybody who really wants to learn about permaculture instead of just drawing some beautiful designs.
You will learn everything you need to start your own farm, from analyzing and preparing the soil, to planting and managing your plant beds, food forest and animals. Most of the time you will get your hands dirty while Mike is going to explain a new concept to you. After the course you will have the opportunity to do an internship on Mike´s farm to deepen your knowledge and get even more hands-on experience which will enable you to start your own permaculture farm.
I helped Mike to clean all guest facilities and worked with him on his new webpage, and marketing and communication strategy to promote his new courses.
Mike is a walking encyclopedia of permaculture (not to mention conspiracy theories!) and loves to share his knowledge. He has a huge library of permaculture, natural building and healing books as well as podcasts, videos and lecture notes.
For me it was an invaluable learning experience and I gained so much knowledge of permaculture, healing and the joys of sustainable living.
I highly recommend Mike´s farm to anyone who owns a farm and want to learn new permaculture techniques and to anybody who wants to create their own sustainable place.
On my weekends I hiked to the Waterfalls and Mountains, where you can still find some jungle in between the farms which is teaming with wildlife.
Mike´s workers are the best. They integrate you into their team and really try to speak slowly and clearly to you and are very patient when it comes to try to understand what you are saying in your far from perfect Spanish. It is a great way to improve your Spanish quickly.
Gaby cooks delicious typical vegetarian Ecuadorian lunches and prepares fresh juices and Freddy loves to make pancakes and sweet Tortas. And when Mike is not at the farm, Tito the cat will snug into your bed!
I found a home away from home. Thanks again Mike, Gaby, Freddy and Jorge for a wonderful time and I wish you all the best for the future.
5 based on 1 reviews
This is one of my favorite places to shop for myself and for gifts. Creative, handcrafted jewelry from Ecuadorr and Peru abounds and is reasonably priced. Clothing and textiles are mostly handcrafted with some imported from India. Sweaters, scarves, mittens, socks, and textile bags are careful and boast beautiful traditional patterns. In addition this is my source for Nag Champa and other insence items. Friendly, helpful service, (minimum English spoken) and variety of inventory make this an inviting place for locals and travelers.
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