Cafe in Vilcabamba


This beautiful cafe with a people-watching terrace right on the plaza is the best spot in town for a coffee (the owner is Argentine, and knows how to make a good one), smoothies (choose the one with the...

Middle Eastern in Vilcabamba


Besides the clever name and enviable location next to the church, the Turkish-run UFO gets jammed for its inexpensive and tasty breakfasts, Middle Eastern favorites, gluten-free desserts, fantastic coffee and a...

Bakery in Vilcabamba

La Baguette

Divine French goodies – pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), quiche, and even gluten-free bread on Wednesdays – plus good coffee. Order it to go or eat in at one of the few tables.

Nature Reserve in Vilcabamba

Tapichalaca Reserve

The small Tapichalaca Reserve, 75km south of Vilcabamba, protects one of Ecuador’s most rare and endangered birds, the jocotoco antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi), which has fewer than 20 known breeding pairs. Some of...

Ecuadorian in Vilcabamba

Restaurante Katherine

Enjoy great comida típica at local prices at Katherine (pronounced 'kat-reen'), just off the plaza. It's family-run, has the best main-meal deal in town, is unpretentious and the food is delicious – what's not to...

International in Vilcabamba

Hostería y Restaurante Izhcayluma

Bavarian specialties and classic Ecuadorian dishes are the fare here. Using local ingredients where possible, Izhcayluma also offers excellent vegetarian substitutions for the meat dishes and some vegan...

Pizza in Vilcabamba

Shanta’s Bar

We love Shanta’s – and have done for years. It serves pizza and big plates of frogs' legs in an innovative rustic setting with saddle seats at the bar and a bartender with a handlebar mustache. Ask about the...

International in Vilcabamba

La Terraza

Snag a table outside for a beer and some Central Plaza people-watching, as the location might be the best reason to come here. This busy spot serves pastas, grilled meats and Mexican-style favorites like fajitas.

Bakery in Vilcabamba


Owned by a Belgian-Ecuadorian couple, this little café has delicious homemade chocolate, cookies, cakes and bread, and the town’s best coffee and espresso. The bags of granola make great hiking snacks.

Juice Bar in Vilcabamba

Juice Factory

Tasty juices and good healthy, light lunches too, right on the west side of the central plaza. Some of the profits go back to helping the community.

Church in Vilcabamba


Small church on the south side of the Central Plaza.

International in Vilcabamba

Jardín Escondido

Surly, incompetent service spoils an otherwise lovely location – but the travelers who once flocked here have cottoned on and no longer do. Hardly any of the items on their menu are available so, at best, you'll...