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Papallacta Hot Springs 1 Day

Contact us for Papallacta Hot Springs 1 Day
Days: 1
Effort: Easy

Activities: Wildlife Encounters, Hiking and Learning

Papallacta Hot Springs 1 Day

This tour is dedicated for those who would like to be pampered in a unique natural site. Get ready to relax at Termas de Papallacta Spa and Resort. We will drive through the same route taken by the Spanish conquer Francisco de Orellana in 1542, in his quest across the Amazon basin to reach the glorious Amazonas River. We reach Termas de Papallacta, where we will spend the day enjoying the hot thermal pools that are part of the complex located on the banks of the Papallacta River in a unique natural environment.

Trip Highlights

  • Relax in curative and comfortable volcanic hot springs in a quality spa setting.
  • Explore the cloud forest reserve and search for bird life on a laid-back nature walk.
  • Optional spa services are highly recommended.



From Quito we drive east through the Tumbaco valley, passing by several picturesque villages before reaching the eastern Andes and climbing up into Cayambe-Coca Nature Reserve. We continue to gain elevation and pass through highland paramo ecosystem until reaching the continental divide at 4,000 meters. From here we begin our descent into the Amazon cloud forest. We arrive at Papallacta in just under two hours. Before heading to the hot springs, we stop for a short visit at the local interpretation center and take a walk through a private cloud forest reserve, where we learn more about this unique ecosystem and seek out some of the native bird species.

After our nature walk, we make our way to Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort, where the spring water is mixed with frigid glacial river water to create thermal pools of varying temperatures.

Here, we spend hours soaking in these divine pools that range in temperature from frigid to scalding hot. The thermal waters are rich in minerals and sulfates, and are said to provide numerous health and beauty benefits. We can also set up optional spa treatments for the ultimate relaxation experience. After an indulgent day in the springs, we enjoy a gourmet lunch and head back to Quito in the afternoon.

Included: Private Transportation, Bilingual Guide (English-Spanish), Lunch