Where Have All the Hippies Gone?
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This fact is not the result of randomness, creative people tend to gather. There are very nice and very interesting people, even amongst the expats. I mean even though you are allergic to conspiracy theories and esoteric beliefs… One thing is for sure there are many very original people, but not all of them are completely freaked out.
As in any part of the world, you will only find what you are looking for, what you have already dreamed or figured out. It takes some imagination to travel, particularly true for Vilcabamba.
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Interesting point of view, thanks for sharing. We actually passed through Vilcabamba because it was a convenient stop for our border crossing, we knew very little how popular it is with expats or retirees — I guess that was why to see so many of them around came as a surprise, especially considering how small Vilcabamba is. I quite enjoyed Charlie's cafe, he was super friendly and as I mentioned, the foreigners who were there were very friendly as well. Again, who would expect it? Doesn't mean it's a bad thing, it's just not our scene. It takes courage to not blog sweet nothings about a city or town.
I often wonder how these hippy towns will rub me when I am backpacking on my RTW next year, as although I one of the most liberal people I know, i am not a "hippy" in any sense of the word. Not thinking this place is for me, I am. It totally wasn't what we were looking for and we left quite quickly. Maybe in Lima. That's what's so amazing about the type of travel you two are doing — you can pick up and leave for Peru — just like that!
Have a great time, can't wait to read about your first destination! I am sorry you are a little home sick at the moment. Hopefully you will have a great time in Peru. Great article. Thanks — we're enjoying Peru already. But we've barely touched the surface — looking forward to seeing more.
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I think my initial reaction upon reaching such a place would be, "Cool, this is like back home! Vilcabamba is a really strange place… I wrote a review about the place a few months ago when I went and the town's real estate agent foreigner was all up in arms about it. Honestly, I was repelled by all of the American retirees there. Seems like they'll soon push out all of the Ecuadorians living there.
My boyfriend and I are hoping to be transferred to Brazil with his company to help construct the new Fortaleza Aquarium so I've been reading lots of S. American travel blogs. Keep it up!
Thanks for the blog — I found it through twitter. My boyfriend and I are hoping to get transferred to Brazil with his company next year so I've been reading lots of blogs about s. His company is building part of the Fortaleza Aquarium! We spent a week in Vilcabamba a couple of years ago and what really surprised us was the concentration of conspiracy theorists. We couldn't go out for a meal without getting cornered about how the swine flu vaccine was a plot to cull the human race or that the illumanati were taking over the US government or one sort of conspiracy theory or another.
Wondering if those people are still there. That said, we really enjoyed our week there as we were looking for chill out time — it was a great place to write and read and rest. We haven't met them, but our friends who were there at the same time and stayed longer confirmed that yes, they're still there.
Vilcabamba does seem like a great place to read and rest.
It's very tranquilo. That place made me very sad. The gringos don't interact with the locals and there is very much a divide and lots of resentment. But you cannot leave Ecuador without going to Cuenca. I spent 2 months there because i loved it so much. Cuenca does seem like a beautiful city. We definitely didn't spend enough time there only days. But we were in somewhat in a hurry to be back around the mountains again.
Never a big fan of big cities. I've heard of those happening too. Apparently they're quite common when surrounded by tie-dye, veganism, and hemp. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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