The Quest for a Monthly Rental in Vilcabamba, Ecuador…a Challenge!
You can try some online research for a monthly rental in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. I tried this method and wasn’t too successful. I did find that The Casa Amarilla, Cabanas Rio Yambala, La Florida, El Agua de Hierro, Rumi Wilco Nature Preserve had options for monthly rentals. Either they weren’t available for our time period, the price was too high, or I wasn’t able to contact them online easily. I felt intuitively that something would turn up if we just showed up and looked around in person. Note that even the locals say that long term rentals here are hard to come by.
Ask and You Shall Receive…
Before our arrival to Vilcabamba, I specifically imagined what features my home would have in this enchanted valley in Ecuador. I was wishing for an independent home that was secure, had character, was set in nature, had a nice kitchen, a stargazing “observatory” (ie. open air balcony), mostly furnished, under $500, walking distance to town, and had high speed internet. I repeated this fantasy home description to myself often.
We did stay at Hosteria Izhcayluma for 3 nights at $30 per night. I knew this rate would not work for our budget for very long, but we needed a home base to start.
Day one we went to eat at the highly regarded Sambuca Cafe. We kept passing a friendly couple sitting at a table on the patio. We exchanged “buenas dias” and smiles periodically. Before the end of our long lunch we struck up a conversation with them. John then went off to take the bus into Loja to get more money out of an ATM (since the Vilcabamba ATM doesn’t really work). I stayed back with the kiddos and continued a long, pleasant conversation with this American couple. They were kind enough to invite us to their home and introduce me to their landlord/friend. After a good afternoon social time the couple hired me for a film project the following morning. I was happy to have a project and new friends on day one!
The next day I go out to film a meeting with my new friends regarding a land purchase situation. There were some dilemmas that ensued for them, and afterwards, when they tried to pay me for my time, I felt moved to decline payment. What I did ask for was a lead on a house rental.
It turns out that my new friends were actually renting two homes on the property, and for whatever reason, were willing to let one go for our family. When they showed me the beautiful fairy cottage that had everything I had wanted (and told me the rent was only $280) I just about cried. I definitely threw my arms around them! No hesitation. ”We’ll take it!” I’ve never lived in such a creative looking abode. I could hardly wait.
Internet was ready to go in the house and even set up in every main room! Vilcanet is the local internet provider, and Ivan Macanchi is the guy who runs it. Their office is the internet cafe right next to Sambuca Cafe. It costs a hefty $150 to activate it and $75 per month. We will basically pay $150 per month for the 2 months we are here. Add that to our $280 house rent and the total monthly rent for our high speed “interneted” home is $430. This is exactly in my desired price range!
Tonight is the fourth night in our new little home. We refer to it as the “fairy cottage” so no where else can you find it under that name. It is a privately owned place that will most likely never be advertised. So I cannot really reveal this specific home if you yourself are looking for a rental in Vilcabamba.
What I offer you here is just a little advice about looking to rent a home in this magical place called Vilcabamba.
How to Score, well, Just about Anything…
- Set Your Intentions (be reasonable!)
- Show Up (physically and energetically)
- Live from the Heart (don’t think about it too much, especially the negatives)
- See the Divine in Everyone who Crosses your Path
- Give Selflessly of Yourself
- Connect with Others, and Exchange
- Expect Miracles
- Give Thanks when they Appear
- Move In
- Play House
These proven 10 steps should actually get you a house rental anywhere. Good luck in manifesting your own fairy cottage!