Relax in the Volcanic Termas de Papallacta – Ecuador

After a day of climbing, hiking, biking or however else you decide to exert your body exploring Ecuador’s great outdoors, wouldn’t it be nice to slowly slip into a hot volcanic thermal bath surrounded by forest and mountain scenery?

Located in the small Andean village of Papallacta and only 70 miles from the capital city of Quito, lies Termas de Papallacta Spa and Resort which is full of natural hot springs that flow from the volcanic mountains above. Spend hours trying the different pools on site and use the recommended regiment of entering cold then hot water to soothe and relax your muscles.


Local legends talk of the healing powers of these volcanic waters, but whether they are true or not is up for debate even though you will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and cleansed.

Fog floats across the mountaintops above you and a rushing river passes by the outdoor pools as you lay and soak your whole body in the steamy water.


The site includes a resort, café, and restaurant in addition to the surrounding trails and hikes available in the surrounding forest.


Adult $22.00

Children $14.50

Adult guest $14.50

Children guest $11.00

How to Get There: From Quito take Quito-Tena, or Quito-Lago Agrio buses from the Quitumbe terminal. Ask to get off at the intersection to Papallacta Springs. The trip should take around 2 hours. Normally, local taxis will be waiting at this intersection to take you to the hot springs for about $2, otherwise it is a 3o minute walk uphill.

During the weekdays from Quitumbe terminal you can catch a bus every hour directly to Papallacta.

To book a stay in the resort click HERE.

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