Vilcabamba (Drive Day 153: November 29th, 2003)

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There seem to be two kinds of visitors to this lush mountain town known for the longevity of its residents: rasta backpackers in hostels or Europeans here for horseback tours to spa villas. We fit into neither camp, but one of the hostels allows us to camp in its yard and partake of its vegan-friendly fare. Even the stray dogs are friendly: one we nickname Spark joins us on a hike next to the river bed, bounding in front like a deer and politely departing our company after we share our picnic lunch.

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