December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

6 reviews
Duration: 10 days
Group size: 8 - 14
December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

6 reviews

Duration: 10 days
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

This ten-day journey takes place in one of the most sought after areas in the Andes Mountains of Southern Ecuador. Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity, is known to have one of the best climates in the world. Vilcabamba has become a very popular place for expats from all over the world. The air is pure, the water is pristine, the food is clean and organic, the weather is comfortable all year round, the cost of living is affordable, the people are lovely and the community is simply awesome.

The retreat is designed to give you a genuine experience and provide you with all the information you need to make an educated decision on whether Vilcabamba is right for you. You will get a great feel for what Vilcabamba is truly like. 

During the retreat you will experience all that Vilcabamba and the surrounding areas have to offer including:

● Healthy lifestyle

● Exciting activities

● Delicious restaurants

● Exquisite nature

● Vibrant community

We will equip you with all the knowledge and resources necessary to make your transition to Ecuador as smooth and as successful as possible. All your questions will be answered to help you make an informed decision in your search for freedom, security, health, peace and well-being.


The Retreat will be hosted at one of the best venues in Vilcabamba. The hosteria offers:

● Comfortable rooms with private bathroom

● Full service Spa

● Swimming pool 

● Ping pong table

● Onsight authentic restaurant 

● Artesenal, handcrafted beer selection

● Breath-taking views of the Valley and surrounding mountains 

You’re going to love the way you feel during your stay here!

Daily Seminars

Attending these seminars will provide you with the most relevant and valuable information from our colleagues with expert experience in the following areas:

● Visa Process

● Home Construction 

● Shipping (getting your items to Vilcabamba)

● Relocation Logistics

● Tax and Legal 

● Doing business

● Investing in Ecuador

● Real estate 101

● Health and Wellness Services

● And more!

Additional Activities 

Throughout the retreat, we will explore the surrounding areas of Malacatos, Masanamaca, Quinara, Tumianuma, Yangana and the city of Loja. 

Options for additional Eco-Adventures in the surrounding areas include:

● Epic Mountain Hikes

● River Trail Bicycle Rides

● Horseback Rides to a waterfall and more. 

You will meet other long-term residents' families and visit their properties to witness the amazing lifestyles they’ve created here. We will also accommodate your requests to show you the currently available selection of breathtaking real estate properties that can become your own personal sanctuary in the Vilcabamba area!


With such a diverse expat population, Vilcabamba has a variety of amazing restaurants. Each day, you will experience a different international restaurant including: Mexican, Thai, Indian, German, Korean, Italian, Middle Eastern and of course Ecuadorian. We will also visit the organic stores, organic market and enjoy the fresh Ecuadorian coconuts.

Come join us on a journey to find joy, peace, safety, freedom, harmony with nature, health and wellness, community and more. This retreat will provide you with an immersive experience to feel what it's truly like to live in the Vilcabamba area. We love this place and we think you will love it too!

We hope to see you here in December and until then, we will see you next time. 

December 28th to January 6th

If you're considering a move to the tranquil and picturesque Vilcabamba valley, this Retreat is for you! The experts at Abundant Living Ecuador will be your hosts for your 9-day tour of Vilcabamba, Malacatos, Loja and other quaint communities in beautiful southern Ecuador. We will connect you with all of the professionals you'll need to know to ensure that your relocation is seamless and worry-free,  including visa facilitators, shipping experts to transport your household goods, caring professionals to safely transport your beloved pets, and of course, your real estate professionals at Abundant Living Ecuador! 

You'll also have fun! We'll visit waterfalls and tour a productive coffee farm; sample delicious cuisine at several local restaurants; stroll along the path beside the Vilcabamba River, and view several properties for sale. We'll introduce you to other expats who, like you, sought out their perfect place and found Vilcabamba. At the end of your visit, you will be fully prepared to make an informed decision to make Vilcabamba your new home. We look forward to seeing you soon!

GETTING HERE: Quito - Loja - Vilcabamba

Aeroregional flies between Quito airport (UIO) and Catamayo (Loja). The flight you'll want to schedule is Aeroregional flight #7A 873, departing at 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon. 

Abundant Living Ecuador will meet you at the Loja airport and we will travel to Vilcabamba together in a shuttle van.

There are several lodging options near the Quito airport, should you need accommodations prior to your Aeroregional flight. We have had good experiences with the EB Hotel and with the Wyndham. The airport also has an executive lounge which we find is comfortable for a stay of a few hours. (links below)

What’s included

  • 9 nights' lodging
    Your accommodations at one of Vilcabamba's stunning, planet-friendly resorts is sure to exceed your expectations for comfort, service, and amenities.
  • Meals
    Vilcabamba boasts a variety of cuisines including Indian, Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, and of course, Ecuadorian. All of your meals during the Retreat are included in the price.
  • Recreational Activities
    During the Retreat you'll have opportunities to participate in activites which may include yoga, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and others. Your registration fee includes these activities.
  • Ground Transportation
    From the moment we greet you at the Loja airport in Catamayo through the end of the Retreat, all ground transportation is included with your registration.
  • Morning Yoga
    Get moving each morning with yoga session in the beautiful resort yoga salon.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Alcoholic beverages will be available at most restaurants and tiendas at client expense.
  • Int'l or local flights
    Participants are responsible for airline transporation to from their home location to Quito, and for the Aeroregional flight from Quito to Loja
  • Extended stays
    Clients who choose to arrive before or to stay after the Retreat to enjoy more of this beautiful country are welcome to do so at their own expense. We can recommend accommodations.

Available Packages

Single Traveler
Available until 5 days before departure
Children 3 - 12 years old
Children Under 3 Are Free


Arrival - Check-In - Introductions - 1st Impressions

You'll arrive to Loja airport at 4:50 pm, on Aeroregional flight 7A 873 on Wednesday afternoon. Abundant Living Ecuador will meet you at the airport and we will travel together in a shuttle van to the hotel, where you will settle into your accommodations at a beautiful, luxurious, eco-friendly resort hotel. Following check-in, we'll have dinner together and get acquainted in the hotel restaurant. We'll present our welcome message and answer any initial questions you may have for us.

Your Organizer

Abundant Living Retreats
6 reviews
Abundant Living Ecuador offers an unparalleled, full service, real estate, and relocation experience. We provide a transparent, standardized, market clearing mechanism for real estate in Ecuador and facilitate a smooth transition for those relocating. ​For all of our listings we provide broad-spectrum research and oversee every aspect of the process. When you work with Abundant Living Ecuador you will have the tools at your disposal to implement your vision and can be confident there will be no unwanted post-purchase surprises.


I had a wonderful time! Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat staff are exceptionally wonderful people! The retreat was very informative from daily presentation to panel of experts. The tour of Vilcabamba and the surrounding areas were breathtaking. They over feed us with delicious variety of foods. The accommodation was perfect! Susan, Carl, Ryan and Jesse… You guys did a wonderful job. Sending more people to your retreat. Thank you for this fantastic experience!
By Amy A for December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on 11 Oct, 2022
My husband Jerry and I had a wonderful experience. The Abundant Living team was outstanding in their attention to participants ' needs. Our expectations to have trustworthy contacts and information about Ecuadorian health care, immigration, real-estate, culture were all met. If you are considering moving to Ecuador and in particular the Vilcabamba area then this retreat is a must.
By Suzanne D for December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on 05 Oct, 2022
Well done Abundant Living Ecuador! The retreat was well planned, well run, very informative, and FUN! The venue was lovely, scenic and so comfortable. The food was an international cuisine tour. Five stars … ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ——-guest, Virginia Small
By Virginia S for Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on 15 Aug, 2022
My husband and I attended the Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat to see if we wanted to live in Southern Ecuador. We had traveled throughout Ecuador for 2 weeks in 2019. We were not able to make it to the southern region , at that time, so we thought this would be helpful in making our decision about where we wanted to live in Ecuador. The Vilcabamba retreat was excellent !! It was entertaining, fun, and gave us knowledge on how or where to potentially live in Southern Ecuador. The Abundant Living team went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed everything. The accommodations were beautiful and the staff catered to our every need. The restaurants they booked for us had various kinds of food. We were able to get a sampling of so many different types of authentic cuisine including: Mexican, Korean, Vegetarian , Ecuadorian, Middle Eastern, and Indian . We did not go hungry ! We attended seminars on that helped us be able to integrate living in Ecuador. We really enjoyed the day the trips hiking, horseback riding, visiting a coffee shop to learn about the process of growing coffee and of course, getting to taste the world renowned coffee in Loja. We also took day trips to look at properties in different towns in Southern Ecuador . We went to San Pedro, Yangana, Malacatos, Quinara and a few other places. It seems when you visit those places it opens your thinking to possibilities of other beautiful places that you would have never thought of living . So often, more well known cities are highlighted, but this sure helped us determine that we could live in another beautiful place we’d never seen . Best of all , we have met new friends from all over the world on this trip, some of which will be our friends and new neighbors for a long time !! Jesse, Susan,Karl, and Ryan are so helpful and knowledgeable. We can’t thank them enough for helping us find our new home in San Pedro. We are so excited !!
By Mary B for Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on 13 Aug, 2022
The retreat far exceeded my expectations. Jesse, Ryan, Carl and Susan did an excellent job of planning and execution, while still being willing to adjust plans to suit the desires of the attendees. Accommodations were nice, the food was great, and, well, Vilcabamba Valley and surroundings are just plain beautiful. The amount of information they presented on diverse, but highly relevant subjects for anyone considering relocation to Vilcabamba, was a bit overwhelming but well done and welcome. Never did I feel like I was on a "group tour" - the personalization that the team provided made the experience exceptional. I highly recommend this to anyone who is seriously considering making Ecuador, and particularly the Loja/Vilcabama area, their new home.
By Thomas K for Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on 12 Aug, 2022
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