At an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes mountains, around 64 km east of Quito on the road to the Amazon rainforest, lies the town of Papallacta, renowned for its geothermal hot springs.
If you are hiking or not hiking, the hot springs are a must.
One of the most popular destinations is the Papallacta hot springs, where you can soak in one of eight pools of varying size and temperature, warmed by geothermal energy. If you’re feeling brave, you can even jump in one of the cold-water pools or take a dip in the nearby river.
Termas de Papallacta SPA, Resort and Convention Center is located 40 miles from Quito, the capital city of Ecuador in the heart of South America.
Perched on a high Andean valley at the entrance route to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle, the spa – resort offers its visitor’s health, recreation, adventure, and rest. Whether relaxing in the thermal baths, indulging in pampering spa treatments, or embarking on relaxing walks at the Rancho del Cañón, you are sure to enjoy the Papallacta experience complemented by the restaurants which serve a range of culinary delights to tickle your taste buds.
Spend the night in the company of your loved ones, in the midst of a unique natural environment, where the combination of hot springs and the comfort of our facilities will provide you with experiences of relaxation and rest.
Papallacta hot springs is the ideal place to escape from the noise of the city and the daily routine. More than a destination, it is a comprehensive experience that will awaken all your senses.
Please note that the category stars given for the accommodations are estimated as local categories that do not fit international standards. Local categories are in all cases alike or higher than the ones given above.
NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons, and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any expedition. Nevertheless, the safety and the interest of our passengers is always the first priority.
The Thermal Club combines beauty treatments with warm and friendly service. In a private and exclusive environment, you can enjoy a range of different treatments related to health and beauty, such as:
The Spa at Termas de Papallacta has a clinic and cafeteria.
A small paradise that is an absolute ‘must’ during your stay at Termas de Papallacta, the Spa consists of two principal areas offering a range of services.
The SPA’s hydrotherapy area consists of five hot thermal pools and one cold pool. The Thermoludic Area is the ideal place to experience a variety of different hydro-massages using either water jets or air bubbles.
Since good food is an important part of the trip, Termas de Papallacta offers delicious national and international cuisine. Local fresh trout is the specialty. Many of the ingredients used in our dishes are fresh from our organic vegetable garden, free from chemicals or pesticides. At the Kiosk, you can purchase a variety of snacks and drinks.
The hydrothermal value of Termas de Papallacta’s Hot Springs is thanks to Papallacta’s location between two volcanoes, Volcano Cayambe and Volcano Antisana. The source temperature of the thermal baths varies between 30 °C and 70 °C (86 °F and 158 °F). At the pools, the temperature ranges from 36 °C to 40 °C (97 °F to 104 °F). Papallacta´s thermal waters contain sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium which are odorless, colorless but have a slightly salty taste. Besides improving intestinal function, the baths’ curative properties are also anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.
General physical and chemical characteristics of the hot springs:
Odorless, colorless with a slightly salty taste
Ingestion: One or two cups of warm water may be ingested according to medical prescription, helping in various metabolic and pathological functions
Calcium salts have a soothing effect
If dehydrated, you should exit the baths and drink plenty of water
For safety’s sake, please consult the medical staff at Termas de Papallacta regarding any doubts or questions you may have.
The world-renowned healing properties of the thermal baths are especially beneficial for those aged 65 years and over.
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