Termas de Papallacta is a hot springs resort located 67 km East of Quito. When we drive to the area of Papallacta we cross the Andes from West to East reaching the highest point on the road at 4.000 m / 13,120 ft. From here, there could be great views of the so far unclimbed East face of Antisana, but that will depend on the weather.

Relaxing in the Hot SpringsPapallacta is located on the Cinnamon Trail, the route that the Spanish conqueror Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of gold and other treasures. It unexpectedly led him to discover the great Amazon River.

At an altitude of 3.220 m / 10,562 ft Papallacta has several thermal water pools and is also a gateway to the whole Ecuadorian Amazon Region.

Itinerary in Brief – One DayPapallacta Hot Springs

  • Pick up at Quito at around 8:30
  • Two hours drive to Papallacta
  • Two or three hours in the resort
  • Lunch
  • Back at Quito by 15:00

Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.


  • Duration: 1 day
  • Access: Drive in and drive out
  • Seasons: All year round
  • Equipment: Cold weather clothing, swimsuit and towel

Papallacta - Highlights

      • Hot springs at the edge of the jungle.
      • Great views of the cloud forest and Antisana volcano.
      • Excellent resort facilities and accommodation.
      • Just 1 1/2 hours away from Quito.
      • Numerous hot spring pools of different temperatures.

Papallacta - Combinations

A visit to Papallacta is recommended after any climbing or trekking trip.

Culture & Relax Tours

Andeanface offers three Culture & Relax Tours:

Indian Markets – Otavalo / Saquisili

Quito City Tour – Old Colonial City

Papallacta – Hot Springs