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Vilcabamba Real Estate

Vilcabamba real estate attracts many of our readers.

There are several reasons…one is health. See more about this below with our fourth Ecuador health tip.

First may I mention the beauty of the housing projects there.  Here for example is the entrance of one of Vilcabamba’s major projects Hacienda San Joaquin.


We have a continual flow of visitors visiting both in Cotacachi and at our San Clemente beach condos. Many of them have visited and or are moving to Vilcabamba which was one of the first areas that captivated us when Merri and I first visited Ecuador years ago.

Though our path has led us to north Ecuador and the coast…I know that many will love this part of south Ecuador.  This is why I am happy to send you this advertisement from Joe Simonetta the mastermind and developer of the Hacienda San Joaquín project in Vilcabamba where there are houses and lots for sale.

Joe visited Ecuador from Sarasota, Florida in August 2005 and fell in love with Vilcabamba. He hasn’t left Ecuador since.  In fact, he says, “I haven’t taken a day off .”

Joe writes: “Visitors to Hacienda San Joaquin invariably say that our web site photos of the ranch do not do it justice. Many who come here describe the ranch and its setting as idyllic, paradise, a refuge..Shangri-La.

Here is Hacienda San Joaquin


Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia-a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan.

Is Vilcabamba and Hacienda San Joaquin a kind of Shangri-La? The short answer: it’s probably as close as it gets.

Hacienda San Joaquín, a 663-acre ranch, is located in the beautiful Andes Mountains in southern Ecuador. The ranch is approximately two miles from the attractive, quaint and internationally renowned village of Vilcabamba, the jewel of Ecuador. The property is bordered and protected on three sides by the Andes Mountains and on the fourth by the Vilcabamba River.

The setting, within one of the world’s most spectacular regions, is extraordinary, magical, private, tranquil and soothing. There is a special feeling on this ranch noticed and commented on by visitors. An oasis, Hacienda San Joaquín is an uncommon place on the planet. Visit and you will feel it.

A limited number of unique riverfront and hillside home sites, each of various sizes and amenities, are offered for purchase. The vast majority of the property will be preserved in its natural habitat, ideal for hiking and horseback riding.

In addition to the stunning setting in the Andes Mountains, another remarkable aspect of the area is the year-around spring weather. The days are warm and the nights are cool.

A number of our property owners are building guest homes. Nine new homes are already complete at Hacienda San Joaquin. Ten more are under construction. A number of our property owners are building their guest homes first to move into while their main home is built. Nine are in various stages of construction. Two are complete, including the one shown here.


The guest home shown includes two bedrooms (one bedroom has a loft), two bathrooms, a great room (kitchen, dining and living), pantry, laundry, and porch.


This home, to include the porch, is 104 square meters (1,119 square feet). Because of the openness and volume from the high ceilings, this home has a great sense of spaciousness.


All the traditional woods (custom windows and doors) and ceramics give it a cozy feel.


We do all the woodwork, including the furniture, in our own carpenter shop.

Our hiking and horseback riding trails begin at our Equestrian and Hiking Center, located on the western side of the ranch. The trail rises north to the highest elevations of the ranch. It turns east at our northern ridge line. It continues east and terminates at our hotel, Sunrise at Hacienda San Joaquin, at the eastern end of the ranch. It is about a 4-mile track that our workers diligently cut into the rugged terrain. It’s been an enormous project.

Construction has begun on our mountainside hotel, health spa and pool, Sunrise at Hacienda San Joaquin. Expected completion for our hotel is the latter part of 2009. It will be accompanied by our riverfront health spa. Sunrise at Hacienda San Joaquin (the hotel) is connected, by our hiking and horseback riding trails, to our Equestrian and Hiking Center in the western part of the ranch.

The elegant two-floor hotel, Sunrise, will feature a variety of dining areas, enclosed porches, second floor lounge, dance floor, and covered balconies, a large subterranean wine cellar/lounge, two residential suites, several large and connected meeting rooms, and a modern and highly functional business center.

The panoramic views from Sunrise are spectacular. This photo provides a glimpse of the views.


Guests will stay in one-bedroom one bath and two-bedrooms two baths, cabanas (homes), all with similarly spectacular views. The cabanas have living, dining, entertaining, study and loft spaces, full kitchens, laundries, and porches. Sizes vary from approximately 1,100 to 1,500 square feet.

This photo shows views from our Mountain View Properties.


These are wonderful home sites with spectacular views. There are nine of these properties (one has already been sold). So, eight remain.

You can see  Hacienda San Joaquín’s web site at www.VilcabambaHomes.com

“Be sure to have a look at the “Glimpses” link at this site as it provide a lot of current information and photos.

Send your questions about Hacienda San Joaquín to joesimonetta@gmail.com

Here is Ecuador health tip #4: Drink enough good water.

The January 1973 issue of National Geographic contains an article entitled, “Every Day Over 100 is a Gift” written by Dr. Alexander Leaf. This article was written about the three valleys-one in Georgia (Balkans), one in Pakistan (Hunza) and the valley of Vilcabamba (Ecuador), where 1,080 people per 100,000 lived on average to be 100.

The article compared this longevity to three per 100,000 in the United States. More important those who reached a ripe age (even over 100) remained vital, sexually active, continuing to work and participate regularly in the community.

These valleys offer ideal living conditions, but there is something else that is special.

One of our friends, Dave Wharton, (a former Olympic athlete) visited Vilcabamba, the valley of longevity in Ecuador.  Here are two pictures he took, the first of Artimidoro Gaona, a woodcutter, still working at the age of 110.


The oldest person Dave visited was Ramon Armijos who is 130, pictured here with his 94 year old wife.



Why do they live so long? The valley offers ideal living conditions, but there are two special factors, the first being special waters acclaimed to assist long life. These waters are very alkaline.

So here is a simple Ecuador health tip. Drink and soak in alkaline waters. The shamans here are always taking us to soak in volcanic mineralized water!  We’ll soak in the spas during our Beyond Logic course.  Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

We live in a fast moving, acid society, so it should not be surprising that excessive acidity in our system is a problem.

One Shaman we studied and lived with in a valley of mists explained that even the mists were alkaline and that the free hydrogen in alkaline waters acts like a mop to absorb free radicals. The mists in their belief clean from the outside in. He continually pinched our skin to show us how over the days we spent in the valley made our skin became tighter as it was being cleansed in this way.


Another reason Dr. Alexander Leaf believed that the residents of Vilcabamba live to such ripe ages is the nutrition that comes from the rich volcanic soils. The minerals and elements help sustain extraordinary longevity and health. These nutrients permeate everything in these valleys, the water, plants, every aspect of the food chain.

This is why Merri and I continually drink the spring waters.

We take a lot of Vitamin C which we all know is essential but normally comes to us in the form of an acid. Now some companies have come out with VITAMIN C Ester which is a form of VITAMIN C with the ester quality added which is formed naturally in the body. They take Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid) and add the fatty acid, derived from palmitic acid, palm oil. The chemical bond between an acid and an alcohol is called an ester bond. This small addition might not seem important but the news is this causes the L-ascorbic acid to lose its acidity.

So here is another health tip. Eat more alkaline foods! This is an important longevity secret and it will help you look younger too. Vegetables!!!

Acidity is a problem in our society. Neutralize acidity and you will not only feel better, but you will have more energy and potential for longevity as well.

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Until next message, I wish you glowing health and wherever you go in Ecuador we wish you good Ecuador Living.


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