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Is this real life?

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After a week of rain and cold in the Orient of Ecuador, my body is crying out for the dryness of a Peruvian desert. It screams to sweat instead of shiver.

A hot spring would do. I’ve come to LOVE hot springs — even the nasty municipal ones.

Today I’m trusting my gut and taking a ride south to Vilcabamba, Ecuador. It’s heralded as the valley of longevity because its people are known to live very long lives.

Surely no one lives a happy long life in the miserable cold and wet cloud forests. I’m very much hopeful for a warm climate.

And as my day progresses, the rain and clouds ebb. The temperature climbs. And I find myself with a $9 dorm bed in this incredible valley. It’s warm. It’s arid. And the hotel manager says it hasn’t rained three days in three months.

Perfect!

Be sure to check out Hostería Izhcayluma.

Brian

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