March 2023 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat

Vilcabamba, Ecuador

11 reviews
Mar 10 - 19, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
March 2023 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat
Vilcabamba, Ecuador

11 reviews

Mar 10 - 19, 2023
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 March and until then, we will see you next time. 

March 10 - March 19, 2023

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 10-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 Friday afternoon. 

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

Your best return flight is #7A872 departing Catamayo at 5:30 pm on Sunday, March 19

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
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 Friday 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
11 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.


We had a great time. Great information highly recommend because of the fastest way to learn the ins and outs of Ecuador in the area. Everybody on the team is very personable. It’s the best way to get to know the area by traveling and eating visiting with one another . We also learned about the different possibilities of how to build houses different than the United States. Also on how you can build them to be healthier spaces to live in at a very reasonable build cost. Ideal location for a slower pace of life, healthier food, and phenomenal weather. YouTube videos do not quite do justice, as opposed to being there in person check it out. Ps I made it down there 7 weeks after finding there YouTube channel 🤩 don’t let your dreams stay at dream 😴
By Nathan H for March 2023 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on Mar 28, 2023
A memorable retreat with great food, beautiful accommodations, and new adventures every day. It was a great opportunity to learn about living in the Vilcabamba area of Ecuador. Carl’s passion for the area was evident and we all appreciated that the team at ALE went out of their way to organize our activities and meals. Special shout out to Matt.
By Teresa S for March 2023 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on Mar 22, 2023
This was truly an incredible 10 day retreat highlighting the Vilcabamba area and you couldn’t ask for a more genuine and gracious group of hosts that catered to our every need. Such an amazing place to experience all around and I leave (for now) with some great new friends! I highly recommend this retreat and I know you’ll love it as much as I did!
By Ron D for March 2023 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on Mar 21, 2023
Our Vilcabamba retreat was thoroughly enjoyable and very informative. We received such individualized attention and felt we were treated like royals! We were able to not only see the town and surrounding areas but also experience fun stuff (like the horseback riding and the massage) and meeting lots of other expats who had made Vilcabamba their home. It was great to see Ryan's build site and see available properties with him, go around with Carl (as he seemed to know literally everybody!), have conversations with Brandon, receive helpful info from Jesse, and last but not least share many meals and informative excursions with Susan. Overall, we absolutely loved our time in Vilcabamba, and can highly recommend this program to anyone who is wondering if southern Ecuador is for them.
By Keith and Sari T for December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on Feb 16, 2023
This retreat was a perfect way to experience a great variety of what Vilcabamba (and nearby areas) offer. The Abundant Living staff went above and beyond to be sure that our various interests and needs were met. Most of the members of our group were looking for properties to buy or invest in, so we visited many varied properties. My husband and I had already purchased a property before attending the retreat, so we also had some practical tasks to handle during the retreat, and the Abundant Living staff helped us accomplish them. We stayed at Izhcayluma Eco Lodge, which was extremely beautiful. The grounds are well-maintained and absolutely stunning. The breakfasts (included) were delicious and served buffet style in an open-air dining room with an incredible view. All our other meals were also included in the retreat, and we got to sample many different cuisines. Vilcabamba has LOTS of restaurants! The retreat programming included fun hikes, a mountain horseback ride, and an opportunity to enjoy a massage or other spa treatments at Izhcayluma. We also had informative presentations daily to help us with relocation questions. We heard from a VISA Attorney, a Real Estate Attorney, a dentist, a veterinarian, and a specialist in health insurance. We also learned about investment opportunities and how to succeed when starting a business in Ecuador. By the end of this 10-day retreat, we had a much clearer idea of what life is like in the Vilcabamba area and who to contact for help with essential relocation services. We also had new friends, from among the other retreat members as well as the Abundant Living Staff. Thanks, everyone, who contributed to making this a fabulous experience!
By Delisa R for December 2022 Vilcabamba Lifestyle Retreat on Jan 18, 2023
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Such a wonderful group of enthusiastic and helping group of people I didnt meet in very long time. We participated just recently in their extensive experience retreat and everything they organized for us was professionaly lead and we enjoyed in a week very much a bit of everything what Vilcabamba and sourroundings offers, restaurants, vistas, horseback riding and much more. Whole programe was on the other hand very free and we always had option to choose what we wanted to do, including leisure time. On top of all of that we got excursion through different properties in place and building styles which are common in location and all information we got was so much genuine and helpful. Hope that our dream to relocate to Ecuador will come true. These guys are real hidden gems in this paradise place.
By Ondřej V on 01 Aug, 2023