This full-day tour of Papallacta includes soaking in hot springs, hiking in the forest, and eating a locally-sourced lunch. It's a perfect combination of nature and relaxation activities.
- 7 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 9:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Papallacta is a small town in a beautiful part of Ecuador. Located about 1.5 hours east of Quito, Papallacta is best known for its volcanic hot springs, fresh trout, and bountiful nature. During this tour, you'll experience all of this.
The tour departs Quito at 9:00 AM. En route, you'll enjoy lovely scenery in the Andes, and will make a stop near the forest of Polylepis to take photographs. You'll then continue on to the Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort and Spa. The resort owns the Rancho del Cañón, a protected area that spans some 625 acres (250 ha) and is located near the entrance of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve. You'll hike along trails in Rancho del Cañón, searching for wildlife and identifying plants, and will then visit the museum at the resort.
Next comes the hot springs. You'll enjoy soaking in these natural hot springs, which consist of five hot pools and one cold pool. The forested, hilly setting enhances the experience.
Finally, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch, including the local trout for which the area is known.
The tour will arrive in Quito around 4:00 PM.
What to Bring
Swimming suit, hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, day pack, water bottle, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
Private transportation, English-speaking guide, entrance fees to the hot springs, and typical lunch.
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Similar things to do
This trek of between two and three days, takes us from the small Andean village of Oyacachi, located to the south of the Nevado Cayambe, at 3,200 meters above sea level, along the Oyacachi River, to the jungle village of The Chaco, at 1,600 meters of altitude. In Oyacachi there are hot springs with good infrastructure that are usually frequented mostly by visitors from Cayambe and Quito on weekends.