4-day tour to the "Valley of Longevity"

Tour from Cuenca to Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Discover from Cuenca Loja, Vilcabamba, Zaruma and the Podocarpus National Park

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Day 1

The Panamericana from Loja to Vilcabamba

You will drive 180 km on the Panamericana to Loja, the capital of the southernmost province of Ecuador, one of the most enchanting cities in the country. On the way you stop in Saraguro, where one of the proudest Indian tribes live, once forcibly resettled by the Inca ruler Huayna Capac from Lake Titicaca. From Loja continue to Vilcabamba.

Day 2

In the "Valley of Longevity"

Exploring Vilcabamba in the "Valley of Longevity". Some of the inhabitants are said to be up to 130 years old. The reason for this could be the infection-free climate, the lack of stress and a balanced organic diet. Afterwards, you will have a trip to the Podocarpus National Park, the largest mountain mist forest in South America with a very rich birdlife. There you will undertake an approximately three-hour hike. Overnight Vilcabamba.

Day 3

Through the Ecuadorian mountains to the city of Zaruma

After a scenic drive on a winding route through the southern Ecuadorian mountains, you will reach the small gold mining town of Zaruma, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the afternoon you visit a gold mine. Overnight Zaruma.

Day 4

From the mountains to the coast

In the early morning you start towards the coast. The drive there leads through the impressive landscapes of the mountain region down into the lush green of the lowlands. You will pass Machala, the center of the Ecuadorian banana industry, and continue along the Pacific coast to the coastal town of Guayaquil. Arrival in the afternoon.

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