Papallacta Hot Springs

If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy with your family and friends, the best option is the Papallacta Hot Springs located 67 kilometers from Quito. The altitude of Papallacta is 3 300 msnm (10826 ft) with a cold climate and a temperature of 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) perfect for living a new experience.It is the best Spa and Hot Springs near Quito.

Hot springs have several mineral components that bring benefits to people’s health; they help eliminate pain and tension, improve the skin, and more. They are perfect for adults, youth, and children. 

What can find in the Papallacta hot springs?


It offers beauty treatments and relaxation through thermal whirlpool, toning wraps, special massages with oriental techniques in addition to having a medical center specializing in muscle aches.

  • The price of the service ranges from $12 USD to $50 USD.

  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00.


It has 10 thermal pools of different temperatures and 3 cold water springs.

  • Price: Adult $9.00, Children (3 to 11 years) $4.50 and Seniors $4.50.
  • Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00.


It has standard or jacuzzi rooms and comfortable cabins for families or large groups located around thermal pools exclusive to guests. In addition, each room has all the services and amenities necessary for a unique stay.

Activities you can do in Papallacta

Papallacta lagoon

The lagoon was formed by the stagnation of the Papallacta River resulting from the eruption of the Antisana volcano in the 18th century. The water of the lagoon comes from the melting of the snowy Cayambe, Sarahurco, Antisana and the springs around them.

The lagoon is in the buffer zone of the Cayambe – Coca Ecological Reserve. In addition, it has a viewpoint that facilitates the appreciation of the lagoon and photography.


There are several trials with different durations

  •  “La Isla” trail

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: low

Walk around the Loreto Papallacta River through the primary forest where you can enjoy the climate and the sound of birds. In addition, at the end of the hike you will reach a small island where swimming is allowed. However, you can ask for the accompaniment of a guide.

  • River trail

Duration: 2-3 hours

Difficulty: low

In addition, on the tour you can enjoy the wetlands and the primary forest near the lagoon. 

Observation of flora and fauna

About 100 endemic plants have been found such as taruga, chicory, chuquiragua, romerillo, licopodio, achupalla and quinoa.

In addition, in the surroundings of the lagoon and trails you can also observe the native fauna of the place; they have identified 106 species of mammals such as spectacled bears, guatusas, gloves; 395 species of birds such as andean condor cock of the rock, brown ducks, turkeys, andean egrets, curiquingues, hummingbirds, among others.

Sport fishing

There are several establishments that offer this sport activity one of them is “Casa Damian Sport Fishing” located near the Hot Springs. In addition, you can practice trout sport fishing. Therefore, you do not need to know how to fish to visit it, you will have the advice of the owners of the establishment.

  • Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 17:00
  • Price: $6

Taste the local gastronomy

The main dish offered in local restaurants and hostels is trout in various presentations. In addition, they offer food from the Ecuadorian highlands such as beans, corn, chicken broth, etc.

How to get to Papallacta from Quito?

  • Car
  • If you have your own car, you should go to Avenida Simón Bolívar and Ruta Viva towards the E28C via Puembo. Then you must drive towards Napo and take the old road to Papallacta.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes approximately
  • Bus
  • From Quitumbe station you can take a bus from the “Cooperativa Baños” route Papallacta.
  • Duration: approximately 2 hours
  • Price: $ 3 – $ 5 USD per person

Recommendations to visit Spa and Hot Springs

For you to enjoy the experience with greater peace of mind, take into account:

  • Make reservations for the Spa (avoid running out of space)
  • The opening hours of the establishments
  • Consider the duration of each activity so as not to miss any scheduled activities
  • Bring a water jacket, comfortable shoes and sunscreen.
  • Take a bottle of water with you for trekking
  • To enjoy the hot springs, do not exceed the recommended time.
  • Check the temperature of each pool
  • In case of discomfort, go to the thermal baths medical center.

If you want to stay, book in advance in Termas Papallacta

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