Papallacta Pass Thermal Springs
A short break to the Papallacta Pass Thermal Springs resort, just two hours from the capital Quito in a temperate forest 3,000 metres up in the Andean mountain range.
Price: From £350 per person
A world away from the bustle of the city along the
Cinnamon Trial, the route taken in 1542 by Spanish conqueror Francisco de
Orellana crossing the Andes in search of spices and gold only to discover the
mighty Amazon river.
Papallacta features several private hot thermal spring
pools of different sizes and temperatures, with hydro-massage and bubble jets.
Guests can also dip in the larger public pools, hike in
the nearby woods and enjoy first-class cuisine with local trout a speciality
Recommendations for the best possible experience:
Dress warm in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, and
Don't forget your bathing suit
Take rain protection from February to May.
Sun protection (SPF 40). Hat or cap even if weather is
Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks.
Temperature: Day 6-18°C (43-65°F) Night 5-10°C (40-50°F)
If you have any heart condition, please consult your doctor beforehand.
The water temperature in the hot springs pools fluctuates
between around 36-40°C (97-104°F).
Book your Papallacta Pass Thermal Springs trip here
- Day 1: Quito-Papallacta
Depart by bus from Quito around 8:00am. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel to leave luggage.
Proceed to the spa pools where guests receive towel, bathing cap and are assigned a locker.
A snack is offered at the café and, if requested, guests can make reservations for extra treatments at an extra cost.
Take a pleasant nature walk on marked paths alongside a pristine mountain stream at Canyon Ranch.
Lunch featuring fresh trout from the resort’s own trout farm.
Vegetarian and other options also available.
An afternoon of revitalisation at Papallacta's medicinal hot thermal spring pools to experience the restorative effects of the thermal waters. Guests have unlimited use of the pools at the hotel, at the spa or the larger public pools.
Why not try an after-dinner soak under the starry equatorial skies.
- Day 2: Papallacta
An early hike, before or after breakfast. Papallacta is ideal for birdwatchers, with more than 160 different species of birds, including many hummingbirds and tanager.
Visit the research centre, which offers audio-visual information on those species only found around the area.
Another opportunity to enjoy the thermal pools at the hotel or the public pools, before lunch at the hotel and return to Quito in the afternoon.