Papallacta Hot Springs Spa Resort

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5 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Depart from Quito in the morning on the road that leads to the Amazon Jungle. After an hour and a half ride, we will make a brief stop at the Papallacta Lagoon, located in the Páramo vegetation, with cold weather but beautiful landscapes. We continue to the hot springs and Touristic Complex of «Termas de Papallacta» where short hikes can be done, where your guide will explain about the richness of this ecosystem called the Cloud Forest, along the trail you can find orchids and colorful birds, later you will have some time so you can soak into the volcanic pools and take some optional treatments at the Spa. Your guide will recommend a place to have lunch and later you will get back to Quito.

What's Included

Fees and entrance: to Papallacta reserve, entrance ticket to hot springs.

Private transportation

Trip Leader: Bilingual certified guide

What's Not Included


Spa Treatments.

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 2 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers


Lovely hot springs experience
Lucinda M, 08-08-2022
The spa pools are lovely. There are five pools of different sizes and water temperatures (hot spring water is cooled with river water to approximately 100 degrees F). There is also a cold, plunge pool, which we did not take advantage of. The spa area is beautifully landscaped with lovely views of the surrounding mountains. The spa includes a restaurant and offers other services such as massages. The spa is about 1.5 hours from Quito and well worth a day's visit.
Volcanoes and Ecolodges and Fantastic Memories!
mariellemckean, 25-04-2022
This trip was incredibly beautiful with the snow capped volcanoes, crater lake, biodiversity, cozy ecolodges, adventure sports in Banos, and our knowledgeable guides. We learned so much about Ecuador and got to interact with the landscape on our hikes. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves to hike and explore new places.
Excellent time in Papallacta!
Exploration710428, 05-04-2022
My husband and I visited Papallacta Hot Springs with a tour guide, Carolina from Adventure Journeys. She picked us up from our hotel, drove us to the site, hiked the grounds with us, and showed us the hot springs. She was so knowledgeable about the history of the site (and Ecuador, in general), and all of the endangered plants and species we saw together. She made our trip east and enjoyable from start-to-finish, and we learned so much from her!
Very relaxing day trip with one of the best tour companies I had the pleasure of booking with.
Ganaai115, 25-03-2022
Before getting into the specifics of this tour, I would like to share my overall experience with Adventure Journeys (skip to next paragraph if don't care about this part). Adventure Journeys came highly recommended from a friend who went on their 10-day Galapagos Multisport tour. When we were scheduling the Galapagos trip, we found out quickly what an incredible company they are. Their goal is to provide their clients with best experience through excellent service and tailor to the client's interests and needs. That philosophy started with the booking phase and I really appreciated their dedication since it can be very stressful to plan long trips to counties that you don't speak the primary language. We worked with Nicole during the booking phase, and she was incredibly kind, accommodating, and best of all, very responsive. Because of her excellent service, we decided to schedule a couple of day trips on our extra days in Quito.

Moving on to the day trip experience, my husband and I travelled for about 15 hours the previous day and we needed a mild and relaxing activities to reset on our second day in Ecuador. This day trip to Papallacta and being able to soak in the hot springs was exactly what we needed. The ~1.5 hr drive to Papallacta was scenic and we learned about Ecuador's history, geography, and culture from our guide, Juan, as we drove. We went for a brief hike, soaked in the hot springs, had delicious authentic Ecuadorian lunch (recommended by Juan), and stopped at a scenic overpass to view the Laguna Papallacta.

General recommendations, the hike was pretty quick, if you like longer hikes, I would encourage you to ask your tour guide if you can do a longer hike. Remember, this company is all about doing what you want to do and give you the best experience so don't be shy to ask. For the hot springs, there are public hot springs which is included in this day tour and then there are private hot springs connected to the spa which costs slightly more. We paid for the difference ($26) which I believe was totally worth it.

Finally, I don't know who your tour guide will be but our guide, Juan was incredible. He was kind, very knowledgeable, helpful, and just so pleasant to spend time with. My husband is pretty introverted so a long drive with someone unfamiliar is one of his dislikes but he had a wonderful time!

The hot spring spa staff spoke English very well so it's possible to do a day trip like this yourself but booking through a trusted tour company was great for us because of the convivence of having someone pick you up at your hotel, speak with the local community members was great, and most importantly, we felt incredible safe the whole time.
Sehr schöner kurzer Aufenthalt
DieWeltisteinDorf, 22-05-2022
Wir waren auf einer Rundreise einen Tag dort. Sehr gemütliche kleine Zimmer, Thermalbäder direkt im Hof vor den Zimmern. Ordentliches Essen.
Wir haben auch den Naturwanderweg gemacht, dort zahllose Orchideen und sogar in der Ferne einen Tapir gesehen.

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