Vilcabamba in Ecuador is also known as the “Valley of Longevity” as people here can live up to age 100 and up due to the awesome prevailing conditions.
The village lies in the southern region of Ecuador in Loja Province. The place is surrounded by lush mountains and clear streams which enhances the living conditions.
The place was isolated until recently, but increased tourism has brought some changes. People didn’t drive cars and television sets were non-existent. Now, it has satellite TVs. High speed internet and vehicles in the area.
The place was introduced in 1973 by Dr. Alexander Leaf of Harvard Medical School. A few years later, medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker was hired by the Ecuadorian government to conduct study of the villagers.
After the study, it was found that the water from the village contained a unique balance of enriched colloidal minerals, which is perfect for optimum human health. In his book, ‘The Secret to a Youthful Long Life’, Dr. Walker claims that the key to long life of villagers is the place’s mineral rich waters.
Even Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Dr. Richard Laurence Millington Synge, who discovered amino acids, has claimed that the plant life in many places in Ecuador, including Vilcabamba, consist of great medicinal qualities.
However, the exact age expectancy is yet to be ascertained as there is inconsistency in reporting the ages by the villagers.