Rumi Wilco Ecolodge


The Review

Rumi Wilco Ecolodge offers a range of accommodation types on the extensive grounds of its own riverside nature reserve. It slots in perfectly to the Vilcabamba vibe and is a relaxing place to enjoy the natural surroundings, while also being only a few minutes away from the town.

The Location

Located around a fifteen-minute walk from the centre of the village, alongside a rippling river, the Ecolodge is set in a leafy haven of trees, plants, and wildlife with a network of walking trails to explore. Its position is ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside and for hikes to the mountains, nearby waterfalls, and natural sights.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are several different cabin-type places to stay, depending on your budget and preference. There is the secluded Pole House -- an elevated, wooden, private house ideal for families; the River Cabins -- a group of well-equipped stilt houses in a field on the floor plains; and the Adobe Shared Houses. We opted to stay in the mud-hut style adobe buildings near the entrance to the reserve, as they are both the cheapest and also seem to offer more sociable opportunity for meeting others. While the structure is "shared," the building actually consists of two- or three-bed individual units with a shared kitchen and bathroom. The rooms are rustic and cute, with nice little touches such as light fittings, shelves, and hooks, which are handmade from natural materials like wood, rope, and bark. They are kept clean and neat, but as they are made from adobe and have wooden-shuttered windows rather than glass, be prepared to share your abode with a small troop of insects. The Ecolodge also permits tents; campers will be happy in the knowledge they are well catered for in terms of facilities, too.

There are hot showers across the full range of accommodation and bathrooms are always close by. There is drinking water from underground wells near/in all the various cabins too.

Common Spaces

If staying in one of the rooms with a communal kitchen, you will find yourself with all the basics needed to self-cater. There is a fridge and gas hob and plenty of pans, utensils, and crockery. The family who runs Rumi Wilco also sells granola, honey, and coffee from beans grown on the reserve -- these are stocked in the communal fridge; just write your name on the pad and pay when you leave.

In various locations, there are hammocks and fire pits and the Adobe Houses have a patio with outdoor seating, which is good place for hanging out with your neighbours.


Rumi Wilco Ecolodge is a lovely retreat and a great spot to unwind for a few days. The reserve is varied in terms of both plant life and birds; budding botanists will no doubt enjoy wandering the trails admist a huge range of labeled trees. Accommodation is comfortable and, though consisting of fairly basic wood or adobe cabins, there is ample character and attention to detail. A river runs alongside the reserve and there are some nice spots for bathing dotted around. Rumi Wilco is expertly run by a family who loves nature and enjoys sharing the lovely scenery with guests from all over the world.
by Laura T Staff Reviewer
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Rumi Wilco Nature Reserve, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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  Rumi Wilco is the kind of place that you arrive at and leave three months later. Nestled amoung rainforest and beside a river it's hard to imagine a more serene setting from which to enjoy the valley of eternal life. Their are three different types of accomodation at Rumi Wilco, the Pole House which is best suited to small groups, and is self-conbtained with its own kitchen and bathroom. The Upper House and Lower House both of which have shared kitchens and bathrooms and are more suited to lone travelers and couples. All rooms in the Upper and Lower Houses (bar matrimonials) are used as dorms, when required, and the price for all rooms is per person (approx 5USD). Their are no flyscreens on the windows of rooms but mosquito nets are provided over beds. There is hot water and power, but laundry facilities are handwash only. The kitchens are well supplied and clean. Oranges are provided free of charge for fresh juice and coffee, jams and granola can be purchased for use (as can fresh bread from the neighbour). Rumi Wilco has kilometers of walking tracks all marked out. Plants along the way are also named for botanical interest. Their are numerous swimming holes for hot days and hammocks for relaxing are dotted around the Houses. A taxi to Rumi Wilco from the Vilcabamba bus station will cost 2USD however it is a short (10 minute) walk. Exit the bus station and head down hill (left) until you see a street leading the town square on your right. Take this and follow the road beside the Church until you reach an intersection with a bootle shop on one corner. Follow this street (right) to the creek. Follow this (left) to the footbridge cross, walk uphill 10-15m and you're at the entrance to a piece of paradise.
Katrina Aspinall

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