January 2021

Vilacabamba, Ecuador’s Valley of Longevity

Vilcabamba is one of the most magical places in Ecuador and yet relatively unknown. Located in the south, just 40 minutes away from the city of Loja, it’s in a region with a diverse offering for travelers.

The region is full of energy and unexplainable mysticisms and known as the Valley of Longevity because many locals live for over 100 years. Why do people here get to live more? Maybe it’s due to the harmony of the environment, minerals in the water, or a healthy and active lifestyle? The reason for this longevity is unknown, but scientific studies are trying to find out about this enigma.

On a stay here you can enjoy a range of activities such as self-guided hiking and trekking, biking, birdwatching, admire the beautiful rivers and waterfalls, or sit in your hammock and enjoy the peaceful environment.

A visit to Vilcambaba can be combined with an itinerary that includes a visit to the pretty town of Zaruma, to see the houses and churches that are crafted out of wood. Excursions to visit El Sexmo Gold mine or a cocoa plantation are also on offer, before visiting the coastal town of Guayaquil.

Geo Reisen invites you and your clients to visit this scenic area of Ecuador and experience the magical secrets behind this remarkable valley. The hotels in this region are 3*, for more information on a trip to Ecuador please contact Fernanda Machado today: fernanda@georeisen-ecuador.com

Wildlife and cowboy culture in Colombia’s Eastern Plains

Colombia continues to be recognised abroad with the Llanos Orientales (Eastern Plains) included in the ’52 Places to love in 2021′ covered in The New York Times. We want to inspire your next trips to our country with this wild and untraversed destination.

This region offers wide-open savannahs covered with flooded grasslands, lush forests, wild rivers that derive from the vast Orinoco basin, and a diversity of wildlife such as deers, capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, pygmy anteaters, and hundreds of bird species. The llaneros continue to preserve their traditional ranching culture, which includes horseback riding barefoot, singing to call and ease their cattle, cooking a tasty smoky barbecue, and playing the harp and the cuatro guitar. Declared an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage Site’ by UNESCO in 2017, llaneros songs are a means of vocal communication sung in a cappella style to include themes of herding, horses, adventures, and love.

Colombian Journey’s offer different packages to visit private nature reserves, home to all this biodiversity combined with cultural experiences to discover a wildlife paradise in Colombia. For more information, please email us at marketing@colombianjourneys.com

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