Termas de Papallacta

Quito, Ecuador
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When in Ecuador - particularly...

by redbaron

When in Ecuador - particularly in the capital of Quito - don't miss the Termas de Papallacta which can be reached by bus in about 2 hours. The bus ride alone is very exciting. But Papallacta is phenomenal: no less than 8 hot thermal pools each which a slightly different water temperature than the next one. Very popular on weekends so I recommend going during the week. My fondest memory would be the hospitality of the people. They are very helpful but it is still recommended to be careful when visiting the Ciudad Vieja section of Quito. Watch your pockets! The photo below was taken at the MITAD DEL MUNDO, a few miles north of Quito.


by lenoreva

Papallacta, known as the gateway to the "Oriente" (the jungle), is a lovely spot. It is located near the volcano La Antisana, and there are many hot springs that you can enjoy in the area. Some are said to be so hot that you can boil eggs in them. What I loved best about this place was just taking in the beautiful nature. Here is one of my favorite pictures: an odd cloud formation.

While in Papallacta, you'll see many restaurants serving "trucha" (trout). It's a local tradition and very yummy.

To get here from Quito, take any bus to Lago Agrio, Tena, or Baeza and ask the driver to stop at the "Termas de Papallacta". The ride will cost around $2.

Bathing in the hot-springs complex will cost $3 for the day.


by slometa

Thermal baths - Papallacta - on 3.200 m. Best to visit in the evening, when it's possible to enjoy it under the clear sky. Be prepared for the temperature difference - air temp. cca 5°C, water around 39°C!

Go to Cuenca. It's beautiful...

by jstrudwick

Go to Cuenca. It's beautiful and quiet, the people are friendly and there's plenty to do and see / lots of coffee shops to sit in and watch the local world go by. The surrounding villages are charming and well worth a visit if you're souvenier hunting. Go to the hot springs at Papallacta too. Lounging in the hot water pools, surrounded by mountains and volcanos is a great way to relax. They're also far less crowded than those at Banos. Note that the springs are quite a walk from the bus stop, so do keep going until you get there. I thought I'd gone the wrong way, even though there isn't an alternative road to take. Riding on the roof of the train down Nariz del Diablo - and the train de-railing on a small wooden bridge. Sitting in the hot springs at Papallacta, having the place almost to myself. The view of Cotapaxi as you fly from Cuenca to Quito. Sit on the right hand side of the plane - if it's a clear day you get a stunning, close up view, so have your camera ready.

Papallacta Pass

by traveldave

Papallacta Pass is not a tourist destination in itself, but anyone taking the main highway from Quito to the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains will cross the pass. The highway follows the "Cinnamon Trail" which is the route taken by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1542 as he crossed the Andes Mountains searching for gold and spices.

The pass is around 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) in elevation, so visitors not accustomed to high altitudes will experience difficulty breathing, and could even suffer the effects of altitude sickness. The weather can also present some problems to the visitor, including clouds and mist, rain or snow, and extremely strong winds.

Papallacta Pass is popular among birdwatchers who visit the Quito area. The Cayambe Reserve, which protects high páramo grassland and wetland habitats, is one of the best places in the Andes region to find the difficult-to-see chestnut-bellied seedsnipe, as well as other high-altitude species of birds, including ducks, condors, hawks, falcons, cinclodes, canasteros, antpittas, and tapaculos.


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Forum Posts

Traveling to Quito

by jbobbitt

Is April a good time to travel to Quito? I want to stay a few days there and then to Tena.

Re: Traveling to Quito

by alexa29

Hi ,

In Quito the weather is always the same, not too cold , not to warm so April is a good time ,teh 2 first weeks we are in low season so you can good prices .
In your way to Tena you can visit Papallacta a great resort between mountains it is cold but they have thermal water.

Quito Weather?

by Mizz_Elaine

I will be visiting Quito from November 27th-Nov 29th and I understand it will be raining for at least the next 10 days. I was wondering does it rain for a couple of hours a day or for most of the day, and is it even worth to go when it is raining? If so, does anyone recommend any places to go for those three days? Thanks!!!

Re: Quito Weather?

by amy312

Usually it is clear in the morning and rains in the mid-afternoon, and it stops raining in the evening. Of course, you never know. In theory, the veranillo (little summer) is approaching, which should mean warmer weather. I doubt it'll rain all day every day, so I wouldn't let the weather get in the way of your plans.

Re: Re: Quito Weather?

by Mizz_Elaine

Hi Amy!

Thank you so much for your reply! Very helpful =) This is a last minute trip and I just wanted to get everything organized before I leave...checking on the weather, sites, etc. Should be great fun and I'm looking forward to it!

When were you there last?

Regards, Elaine

Re: Re: Quito Weather?

by amy312

I haven't been to Quito since the late 90s, but I lived there for 14 months and remember the weather well! They call it "endless spring" but I thought it was pretty cold. Because of the altitude, when the sun was out it was hot, but as soon as the sun went down or it rained, I'd grab a sweater or jacket. If you do leave the city, Papallacta Hot Springs are only 1.5 hours away by bus and are in the high-altitude paramo (like the high points of the Inca Trail; I noticed you went there from your site!).

Have a great time!

Re: Re: Quito Weather?

by Mizz_Elaine

Amy Thanks again! Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this brief question.

by BarryAnsin

My girlfriend and I will be spending many months traveling throughout South America and would like to find some information about good spas for massage, facials, and body treatments (scrubs, wraps, etc.). We also may be interested in spas that offer 7 week including room & board.

Any information and referals would be most welcome and the more information & detail, the better.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and offer assitance.

With warm regards,


Re: Thanks so much for taking the time to read this brief question.

by avelazco

I remember a cool spa at Riobamba. But you can find more information about Ecuador at:
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Re: Re: Thanks so much for taking the time to read this brief question.

by BarryAnsin

Thanks so much for taking your time to help me by providing this information (as well, the other infomation too)!

It is very much appreciated and we look forward to passing on help to others as well!

With warm regards,

Barry Ansin

Re: Re: Thanks so much for taking the time to read this brief question.

by amazmona

The Hot Thermal Springs Resort in Papallacta is GRAND. To stay there is a bit pricey...about 70 a night for a double, but it's awesome. Each large private room has bath with hot water; but the best is that you step from your room into natural hot spring pools. Several in each area vary in temperature and there's a cold pond, too. Their spa offers massages, wraps, etc. for around $28 per hour...less for shorter periods. Check on termasuio@termaspapallacta.com. Papallacta is one of the highest (altidudinally) passes on the roads of Ecuador, so it's usually cold there. Located at Km 65, on the road from Quito to Baeza. There ARE other hostales in the town proper and you can pay for just a day visit to the REsort. Hiking trails well marked.


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