For the holiday break this year we headed back to Vilcabamba, a small gringo-outpost in the south of Ecuador. Our specific destination in mind was one of our favorite spots in all of Ecuador - the cabins of Rumi Wilco. A small nature reserve just outside of town, Rumi Wilco is owned by two kind biologists who have made it their life’s work to run and operate an eco-lodge and reserve (with hiking trails, etc.). Lynsey and I find ourselves at our most relaxed, and our best, at this reserve and figured it was probably the best place we could bring in the holidays. Disconnected from it all, it took a moment of stepping back to get a glimpse of which direction to step forward.
So what was the hike like? The video pretty much sums it up:
A long 14k later we were back at the refugio, having been through for only 36 hours. We gratefully made it back to Vilcabamba in the dark, back to Rumi Wilco, and the gracious Alicia (one of the owners) took us in like lost pups to open cabin for the night. Podocarpus had beaten us up pretty badly again.
Happy new year from Cuenca folks,
J & L