House sitter/ Animal lover needed in southern Andes

House Sitter Needed for Username: VilcaLiving   

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Posted or Updated: Jan 29,2024   Reviews (1)   Applications: 0

Rural, Vilcabamba, Loja
Loja Ecuador
From: Apr 22,24  
To:      Jul 8,24
Days:  78, Medium Long Term Approximate

We are looking for a clean/tidy, responsible, mature, animal-loving couple to care for our comfortable, well-equipped house, garden, and three cats while we are on holiday. This would be for somewhere between 9-12 weeks (sometime between late April mid/late July 2024).

Responsibilities required of the house sitter:

The most important things to us are that the animals feel loved and secure; that our home is enjoyed and cared for responsibly; and that our plants don't die!

Our (indoor/outdoor) cats, Miss Penny, Tessa, and newest member Miles, will need to be fed twice daily and litter box cleaned. They have an interesting dynamic since adding the kitten (Miles) a few months ago. The older two female cats are very tranquil and will sleep most of the day while the male kitten is more on the rambunctious side.

It will be helpful if the garden areas are watered every couple of days and weeded when necessary (if there hasn't been rain). We will provide a weekly gardener for major weeding and upkeep.

We manage a nearby property and will need you to be available Friday afternoons to pay the worker(s) their weekly wage (money will be left for this).

About the property and location:

- Our house is situated on a mountain top with a 360 degree mountain view and surrounded by a couple of acres with fruit, coffee, and hard wood trees. Some of the more established fruit and coffee trees are producing. We also have a small edibles garden.
- The house has a washing machine, wood burning fireplace, internet connection. 
- A 15mins drive/40 min walk to the center of town (Vilcabamba) where English (as well as many other languages) is widely spoken. 
- Plenty of shops, restaurants/ cafes, hiking, pools, river access, and horseback riding
- Fresh market every weekend 
- Cultural melting pot of foreigners

Things to consider before applying for this assignment:

We are pretty private people who do most socializing in town, not at our home, so would expect the same from anyone staying in our house.

Although not required, it would be very helpful if you know (at least) some basic Spanish - especially since we have workers that will need to be paid.

We do have a car and can discuss this potential option. Otherwise, you'll be either taking taxis ($5 one way) OR hiking (1 hour via road or 40 minutes via trail) to/from town. The house is located in a pretty isolated location with few neighbors (though this is changing as more people are moving here and building), but overlooks the village so it doesn't 'feel' completely secluded. You must enjoy peace and tranquility.

We prefer non-smokers and references. 

House Sitter Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Grateful for Vicabama Experience ”

Sit Dates Dec-12-22 - Feb-1-23 Sitter HandyHomeSitters, Member Since Oct-16-18

David and Ashley were perfect hosts. Their home was clean and well organized. The location was absolutely stunning. We are so grateful for the opportunity to experince their environment and to get to town of Vilcabamba. 


Brian and Beth 

The Handy Home Sitters

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