Location

Vilcabamba is in the South of Ecuador, 23 miles south of the provincial capital of Loja.
Our hostel is located 1,25 miles south of the center of Vilcabamba, on the top of a little hill, overlooking the entire valley of longevity.

Loja has direct bus connections to almost all mayor cities of Ecuador, as well as one international bus service to Piura in nothern Peru.
50 miles from Vilcabamba is the national airport of Loja, located 19 miles outside the city center of Loja in a little town called "Catamayo". From there daily flights to Quito and Guayaquil are offered. Airline: www.tame.com.ec

 

How to get there

Click at one of the green bus or the blue plane icons to get detailed travel information.

We don't give any warranty of the provided information. It is only a guide line.
Please check with the bus company or the airline!

Quito

By air :
Normaly two daily national flights from Quito airport to Loja/Catamayo airport,
the closest one to Vilcabamba.
More information and booking:  www.tame.com.ec
We offer a direct and private airport transfer.
Price: 35 USD for the 70 km long drive, 1,5 hrs.
If you want to make use of this service, please let us know together with your hostel reservation, under "comment".

By land :
Entire route:               Quito - Loja - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:    ca. 13 hrs

Frist section: Quito - Loja
With the bus company "Cooperativa Loja", there are 2 different points of departure:
A) Own company office called "Colon" in the new town of Quito
Address: Juan de Velasco y Av. Orellana
Time of departure:  19:00 / 19:40 / 20:15 / 21:00
Price: ca. 20 USD p.person
Also one "Coche cama" service, sleeper with stewardess, comfortable seats and wifi. 
Time of departure:  20:00  (only one a day)
Price: ca 40 USD p.person
Often booked, best to buy your ticket in advance!

B) Bus terminal "Quitumbe" in the south of Quito
Time of departure:  12:50 / 15:00 / 19:00 / 20:00 / 20:55
Price: ca.18 USD p.person

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Guayaquil

By air :
Normaly two daily national flights from Quito airport to Loja/Catamayo airport,
the closest one to Vilcabamba.
More information and booking:  www.tame.com.ec
We offer a direct and private airport transfer.
Price: 35 USD for the 70 km long drive, 1,5 hrs.
If you want to make use of this service, please let us know together with your hostel reservation, under "comment".

By land :
Entire route:               Guayaquil - Loja - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:    ca. 11 hrs

Frist section:  Guayaquil - Loja
Direct only with the bus company "Cooperativa Loja", leaving from the bus terminal in Guayaquil.
Time of departure:  06:30 / 09:00 / 13:00 / 17:00 / 21:00 / 22:00 / 23:30 / 23:35
Price: ca. 15 USD p.person

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks, working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Loja

Entire route:  Loja - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:  1,5 hrs

First section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis",
departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Second section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks, working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Cuenca

3 different options:

A)  Privat taxi direct to Izhcayluma
Travel time:  4 hrs
Price:  ca. 100 USD (up to 4 people)

B) Daily shuttle service direct from the old town of Cuenca to Izhcayluma.
Place of departure: Hostal "La Cigale", Honorato Vasquez 7-80 y Luis Cordero
Time of departure:  13:30 h  (1:30 pm)
Price:  15 USD p.person
Travel time: 4,5 hrs
If you want to make use of this service, please let us know together with your hostel reservation, under "comment".

C)  Public transport
Entire route:
       Cuenca - Loja - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:  ca. 6 hrs

First section:  Cuenca - Loja
Departure at the bus terminal in Cuenca.
There are 3 different bus companies running to Loja:
"Coop. Loja" / "Viajeros" / "San Luis"
Time of departure: almost every hour
Price:  7,50 USD p.person

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks, working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Baños

3 different options:

Option A + B means an overnight bus journey to Loja.
Option C means at least one overnight stay in Cuenca.

A) First take one of the many buses to Ambato and from there direct with the bus company "Santa" to Loja.
See --> "From Ambato"

B) First take one of the many buses to Riobamba and from there direct with the bus company "Cooperativa Loja" to Loja.
See --> "From Riobamba"

C) New bus conection directly to Cuenca with "Amazonas" bus company.
Departure time:  08:45 am
Duration:  8 hrs
Price:  10 USD
After that: See --> "From Cuenca"

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Latacunga

Entire route:          Latacunga - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time: 
ca. 11 hrs

Frist section:  Latacunga - Loja
Direct bus only with the bus company "Cooperativa Loja"
Ticket sales and departure at their own office, at the Panamericana, close to the "Supermaxi". Not at the bus terminal !
Best to take a taxi to get there.
Time of departure:  16:30 / 18:30 / 19:45(special service, 17 USD but faster)
Price:  ca. 13 USD

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis",
departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Riobamba

Entire route:          Riobamba - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time: 
ca. 10 hrs

Frist section:  Riobamba - Loja
Direct bus only with the bus company "Cooperativa Loja"
Ticket sales and departure at their own office, at the "Bypass".
Not at the bus terminal !
Best to take a taxi to get there.
Time of departure:  18:30 / 19:30 / 20:30 / 21:30
Price:  ca. 11 USD

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Canoa

No direct connection  to Loja.
You have to go first to Guayaquil or Cuenca.

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Puerto Lopez

With the bus company "Cooperativa Jipijapa" to Guayaquil.
after this see --> "From Guayaquil"

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Montañita

You have to go to Guayaquil first, there are some direct buses.
From there see --> "From Guayaquil"

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Ambato

Entire route:          Ambato - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time: 
ca. 11 hrs

Frist section:  Ambato - Loja
Direct bus only with the bus company "Santa"
Ticket sales and departure at their own office, outside the bus terminal.
Best to take a taxi to get there.
Time of departure:  16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00
Price:  ca. 12 USD

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis",
departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Chachapoyas

Entire route:
Chachapoyas - Bagua Grande - Jaén - San Ignacio - La Balsa / Border -
Zumba - Vilcabamba
Entire travel time: 
ca. 14 hrs (Split into 2 days)

IMPORTANT:
- Always try to sit on the right side, because of the views.
- Border crossing the first day, sleeping in Zumba/Ecuador.
- Don´t leave Chachapoyas later than 07:00 am !
- The goal is to catch the last transport to Zumba at 17:30 (05:30 pm) after the border crossing.

First section:  Chachapoyas - Bagua Grande - Jaén - San Ignacio - La Balsa / Border
In between all the mentioned cities, mini buses or shared taxis run very frequently, but not at a fix schedule.
The first mini buses from Chachapoyas to Bagua Grande already leave around 4 am.

Approximate travel time between the different cities:
(not including time for breaks or to change transport)
Chachapoyas - Bagua Grande   2,5 hrs
Bagua Grande - Jaén   1 hr
Jaén - San Ignacio   2 hrs
San Igancio - La Balsa/Border   1,5 hrs

Second section:  La Balsa/Border - Zumba
There are only 3 daily connections from the border to Zumba:
05:00 / 12:00 (noon) / 17:30 (05:30 pm)
Travel time:  1 hrs 30 minutes
Price:  2,25 USD p.person
For transport they use the so called "Ranchera", a truck with rows of wooden seats, open on the sides.
Plan your departure in Chachapoyas early, that you are going to reach easily the 05:30 pm "Ranchera".
Calculate time for breaks, changing transport and border crossing (ca. 30 minutes)

The little bus station of Zumba is a 20 minutes walk outside the city center.
A taxi to take you to the hostel is 1 USD

Hostel recommendation:  Hostal "San Luis"  (starting at  8 USD p.person)

Third section:  Zumba - Izhcayluma - Vilcabamba
Regular buses heading for Vilcabamba/Loja, again leave from Zumbas bus station.
Travel time to Vilcabamba is 5 hours. Price:  8,50 USD p.person

We recommend to leave Zumba in the morning to get to Vilcabamba before sunset.
Schedule and bus company:
07:00  "Cariamanga"
08:00  "Yanzatza"
09:00  "Nambija"
10:00  "Sur Oriente"
11:30  "Sur Oriente"

Our hotel is 2 km  BEFORE  reaching Vilcabamba, left hand side. Tell the bus driver to stop at "Hosteria Izhcayluma" (pronounced: Eshkiluma)
Otherwise you have to take a white pick up taxi back to us. It is 1,50 USD for the ride.

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Mancora

Entire route:          Mancora - Sullana - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time: 
13 hrs

Frist section:  Mancora - Sullana - Loja
In Manora at the Av. Piura/Panamericana you´ll find many little offices, selling tickets to Loja/Ecuador. Departure in Mancora with one change of transport in Sullana.
From Sullana direct bus with the ecuadorian bus company "Cooperativa Loja"
Time of departure in Mancora:  18:00
Time of arrival in Loja:  ca. 06:00
Price:  ca. 24 USD p.person

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Piura

Entire route:          Piura - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:  10 hrs

Frist section:  Piura - Loja
Direct bus with the ecuadorian bus company "Cooperativa Loja"
Address in Piura:
Avenida Loreto 1401 y Circunvalacioin antigua
Inside the same terminal as the peruvian bus company "Civa"
Time of departure:  13:00 / 21:00
Price:  ca. 12 USD

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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Sullana

Entire route:          Sullana - Loja  - Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Entire travel time:  9,5 hrs

Frist section:  Sullana - Loja
Direct bus with the ecuadorian bus company "Cooperativa Loja"
Time of departure:  10:00 / 13:30 / 21:30
Price:  ca. 12 USD

Second section:  Loja - Vilcabamba (2 different options possible)
1) Take a bus with the bus company "Vilcabambaturis", departure from bus terminal in Loja.
Travel time:  1 hrs 15 minutes
Departure time:  every 30 minutes from 05:45 - 20:45 hrs
Price:  1,30 USD p.person
2) Take a yellow cab at the bus terminal or any other place in Loja direct to Izhcayluma.
Travel time:  45 minutes
Price:  15 USD for the ride up to four people

Third section:  Vilcabamba - Izhcayluma
Outside the little bus terminal of Vilcabamba you'll find white pick up trucks,
working as taxis.
They take you up to Izhcayluma.
Price:  1,50 USD for the ride up to four people.
IMPORTANT: They only work till 21:00 hrs.

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