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Above is a site plan. The top boundary on
the chart (north) is the Uchima river and the bottom boundary (south) is the "Camino
a Toronche" a trail used to connect the village of Sacapo with surrounding farms.
Each square is 100m by 100m which is 1 hectare or 2.5 acre. The units on the axis
are meters (U.T.M. coordinates, GPS system Datum PSAD 56 zone 56).
The black dotted line is the main road starting at the bridge by the river and going
all the way up to Quinta 4 where the tapia house is located. From Q4 the road branches
off into 2 directions: to the west to give access to Q10 and Q11 and to the east
to give access to Q6 and Q7. The lighter color dotted lines are trails. For clarity,
not all trails are shown on this map.
There is ample space on the property to accommodate 17 quintas in a way that guarantees
great privacy. With the exception of Q1 and Q2, Q3 and Q3b (if purchased separately)
and Q4 and 5, no quinta has a boundary with another quinta. In other words, there
is always a buffer zone between the quintas to improve privacy and allow the free
flow of people (and grazing animals if desired) between the parcels.
If you count up the quintas on the map, you will see more than 17. That is
to provide a greater range of choices for prospective purchasers. We may add
more as the need arises, and as possible, without compromising the privacy of any
of the others. However, only 17 will be sold; when the 17th is purchased,
the remaining unsold ones will all become part of the common land. From then
on, quintas may change hands, but no more will be added.
All quintas have road access. The road is
unsealed (most roads are in Ecuador) and of good quality using surface material
available locally in San Pedro and on the property itself (in Spanish called "lastre").
This material is better than gravel as it does not wash away and with rain and time
turns into a very hard surface, almost like a sealed road. The road from San Pedro
to Sacapo for example is of similar construction whereas roads to other areas around
Vilcabamba are not and the difference in comfort is striking (e.g. the road to San
Jose or the road to Chaupi which are both terrible).
The entrance to the property is via a newly built concrete bridge on the river ("Bridge"
on the top of the picture, the river is the northern boundary). From the bridge,
a private road (marked "main road") goes to the top of the property. The elevation
of the river is approximately 1630 m above sea level whereas the top of the property
is at approximately 1970 m of elevation.
From the main road, a secondary private road goes to to Q17, another one to Q14
and another one to Q3C. For more information on the roads see our infrastructure section.
For more details on each quinta select the "Quintas" tab above
Quinta 1 is a riverfront quinta with a small traditional
It offers views of the river to the north. It includes a small riverfront plantation
(bananas and coffee). Easy road access. Excellent location for terraced gardens..
Quinta 2 is 2,000 m2 of river-front paradise, almost entirely
Slightly elevated building site
Suitable for small to medium house
Ideal for pond and gardens
Quinta 4 has the original house and is situated near the
top of the property.
The house is 50 years old, made out of (tapia) rammed earth and of very good quality.
It can be upgraded and improved at reasonable cost. It is to be kept (not demolished)
as it is part of the heritage of the property.
There is a well established plantation with bananas, coffee and many fruit trees
with mature gum trees at the front of the property.
There is an open paddock on this property south of the house and another one on
the east of the house. This is a fantastic quinta for extensive gardening and food
Q5 is below Q4. It has a northern aspect with great views of the Podocarpus to the
east and is suitable for a small to medium sized house. It has lots of trees all
around it and is very private.
It has its own access road independent from Q4.
Q6 enjoys superb views in all directions
There are established trees around the perimeter.
Quinta 7 is a large open mountaintop quinta with great views
to the east and the north. It is particularly suitable for horses and grazers in
general. It is not flat but has several flat benches suitable for building.
Because it is the only quinta located on the eastern boundary of the property it
has easy access to the land further down on the eastern side. Although this land
is not owned by Q7 it can be used for grazing (with permission)
The building\living area is elevated and has great eastern views to the Podocarpus
Special conditions apply to cover what trees can and cannot be removed in order
to preserve the forest. It is imperative that the purchasers of this quinta understand
that the forest must be preserved as well as where the building site has to be.
Mountain-top land with great views to Mandango mountain and Sacred mountain. It
has a forest.on it as well. Suitable for small to medium size house.
Below is a table rating land features for each quinta. Sizes are in hectares. 10,000
sqm is 1 hectare or 2.5 acre.
Quinta sizes range from .2 hectare to 1.7 hectare.
Features are rated using -, +/-, + and ++
For example Quinta 4 has lots of fruit trees, quinta 1 and 2 are right by the river
and quinta 11 has the best views.
Quintas 8 and 9 can have great views if some trees are removed which is the sole
decision of the owner (hence the question mark)
Everything is relative though and it is best to come and see for yourself of course.