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Hidden away, deep in the Andes Mountains of South America, lies a peaceful valley called Vilcabamba (vil-ca-BAM-ba). Modern medical research reports that Vilcabamba is one of four places on earth where the people live the longest ……. and are among the healthiest people on the planet!

In case you’re wondering, the other three places are the Valley of the Hunzas in Pakistan, another area in the Caucasus mountains between Georgia and Russia called Abkhasia and the Island of Okinawa. A significant portion of the populations in these four places live to be a hundred or more years of age (Centenarians). There is reported to be no healthier places to be found – anywhere.

How do we account for this longevity? What is it that they do that most of the rest of the world does not? Have they discovered some magic elixir of life that is unknown to the rest of us?

Vilcabamba – The Valley Of Longevity

Countless generations ago this beautiful valley was where the ancient Inca rulers came to renew and refresh their health. The indigenous ancestors of the Inca people had inhabited Vilcabamba for centuries, and yet few outsiders had ever found their way into this secluded Andean valley. But the incredible health and longevity of “Los Viejos” (The Old People) was whispered about far and wide. It was even rumored that these mountain people knew not death, that the Grim Reaper passed the valley by as if it did not even exist.

Some have even called Vilcabamba the South American “Shangri La”, a place where magic happens, a little known valley where people add YEARS to their lives even as they add LIFE to their years! And, as medical science has proven, these people live a REALLY LONG TIME!

Located less than 50 miles from the Peruvian border, Vilcabamba has over the years has also been variously called: “The Isle of Immunity for Heart Disease, The Land of Eternal Youth, The Valley of Peace and Tranquility, and The Lost Garden of Eden.” It has been given these labels because, as one writer put it,  “the valley’s solitude, serenity, clean air, dazzling sun, nearly constant blue sky, pure mineral drinking water, medicinal herbs, green fields, towering mountains, friendly people, lack of illness, and a kind of ubiquitous beauty that penetrates to one’s soul and provides a sense of well-being”.

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