Sweet and cosy bedroom for 2, nicely furnished with solid wood furniture including a very comfortable queen size orthopedic bed, full ensuite private bathroom with 24 hour hot water, furnished patio with hammock. A stay at El Águila includes the full use of the Mariposa open air kitchen and dining area, and a hand wash laundry setup and clothesline.
Overlooking the permaculture landscape of the Canción del Corazón orchards and gardens, and with a majestic backdrop of Andean mountain vistas, El Águila is an opportunity for affordable, independent living. Relax in the warmth and comfort of the ideal climate, and take in the beauty of the gardens and tranquility of nature.
Ensuite private bathroom with 24 hour hot water shower.
Relax in the furnished outdoor patio area or hang out in the hammock, just outside the door.
Vilcabamba is considered a jewel in the crown of the Southern Andean mountain range of Ecuador, about 5° south of the equator. The climate is commonly referred to as “eternal spring”, with both a dry and wet season, though temperatures are always moderate. Long known also as the “Valley of Longevity”, and the “playground of the Incas”, where Incan royalty would go for rejuvenating retreats. This theme carries forward to present times, as it's healthy environment energetically supports self development and spiritual awakening.
The Vilcabamba town center is only a 20 minute walk or $2 taxi, and is a social center for many travelers. One can find international cuisine along with local fare, and local markets of tropical fruits and vegetables. Vilcabamba is nestled on the edge of Podocarpus National Park, where stunning vistas, wilderness hiking and horseback trail riding adventures await.
Cancion del Corazón Eternaculture Centre is a distinctive facility whose design and purpose combines beauty, function, and conscious living. Cancion del Corazón translates to “song of the heart”, as our quest for human evolution arises from listening and expressing our heart's calling. We have cultivated this 3 acre property to be a living demonstration of Eternaculture, which is the weaving together of permaculture principles with abiding spiritual awareness, and intentional living. Among the principles embedded in its philosophy are “my life is my spiritual practice” , and “I am in interdependence with both the natural world and the spiritual realms”.
The centre is entering its 6th year of development; the food forests and garden plantings are gradually evolving into a self-sustainable system, the solar energy systems, water systems, human habitation facilities are in place, and consciousness and community development work is well underway.
Relax, read or access the internet in the spacious outdoor furnished patio and hammock just outside the door.
There is also a campfire circle with seating for enjoying evening socials around the fire.
Wander through the lush permaculture landscape on well maintained trails.
Interaction with guests
We enjoy hosting guests and sharing our inspirations. We include a tour of the facilities and permaculture landscape with every booking, and are always available to help people find what they are seeking during their stay in Vilcabamba.
Other things to note
El Águila is one of our economical vacation rental spaces, and is simple yet comfortable. Please see our Sol-Tierra listing if you prefer a greater degree of privacy and comfort.
We have excellent tap water for bathing and drinking here in the San José barrio of Vilcabamba, we are supplied by a community owned water system cooperative, who access water from a pristine source and which is then treated in a silica sand filtration facility.
All of our wastewater is treated using sustainable bioremediation systems. Please bring river-friendly soaps and shampoos.
Our linens and towels are washed using laundry soap we make ourselves from soapnuts harvested on the property blended with a locally made coconut oil based castille soap.
Guidelines for Canción del Corazón Guests
To support our vision and purpose, we ask you to please respect the guidelines we have created for the visitors and guests during their stay.
UPON ARRIVAL AND DURING YOUR VISIT
~ Consider this to be a sacred temple of the earth, and sanctuary, and honor it with your conscious presence and care..
~ As a centre for Etenaculture we may at times have other events running. Please respect the public and private spaces as they are determined for your stay.
~The property is gated to keep the gardens and landscape secure from wandering horses and cows. Please be sure to close the gates behind you.
- All indoor spaces are non-smoking areas to maintain their fresh air ambience. Please smoke outside in designated areas and use the ashtrays provided.
-Sheets and towels will be changed weekly, and personal laundry service can be arranged weekly.
LIVING WITH SOLAR ENERGY
-Our Eternaculture centre is solar powered, and gives guests an opportunity to experience living 'off grid'. With this in mind please engage in energy conservation practices by turning off lights when you are not home.
-Internet is available in your suite, in the bedroom nook and outdoor patio,
-A direct wire is provided for internet access, and WiFi if needed.
~The kitchen is stocked with quality stainless steel pots,a fridge, a large toaster oven, blender, 4 burner stove, dishes and utensils. Please treat all things with care and if something is broken or malfunctioning, inform us immediately. There is housekeeping services provided twice a week, but it is up to the guests to wash thier own dishes, keep things clean and organized at all other times.
-When you leave, please remove your food items out of the refrigerator and cupboards and dispose of all garbage in the waste container provided.
GUESTS and SOCIALS
- Additional overnight guests are not permitted unless approved by either Phil or Susana, and the $10 per person additional occupant charge will apply.
- Socials involving more than 2 outside guests (other than residents of the Eternaculture Centre) need to be pre-approved by Phil and/or Susana, at least 24 hours in advance, We encourage guests to consider this space to be a retreat and rejuvination experience, and to enjoy social experiences in town. Quiet time is between the hours of 11pm and 7am. The main gates will be locked overnight as well, so guests will need to arrange for exit and entry should late night/early morning gate opening be necessary.
- pets are not compatible with our garden landscape and are not allowed.
~ Please notify us at least 2 days prior to your departure should you need to change our original booking date, and upon leaving all personal belongings are to be removed from the space, and the suite left in good condition, dishes washed, and fridge empty.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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We are impassioned permaculture gardeners, exploring the art of wholesome and deliberate living. Our center is a consciously designed model for eco-living, using solar energy to supply our power needs, gravity fed pristine mountain water, and abundant organic food from our orchards and gardens. We are musicians who love ethnic and sacred music forms, and artisans who love to merge art with function and to reveal the depth of beauty intrinsic to natural materials. Our offerings at Cancion del Corazón Eternaculture Centre focus on retreats and seminars that inspire the evolution of human consciousness both individually and collectively.