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Health and Relaxation Tours from Quito: Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort

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Duration: 2 Days/1 Night
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  • Bathe in the rejuvenating hot thermal springs at Pallacta, world-renowned for their healing properties
  • Indulge in a range of relaxing spa treatments high in the Andes

The Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort (Termas de Papallacta) is nestled high in the Andean Cordillera amid a breathtaking setting, and on the route to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. The resort itself is located on the famous "Cinnamon Trail", the same route that the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana followed in 1542, leading to his discovery of the Amazon River. The Termas de Papallacta Spa and Resort serves as the gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

For decades, the soothing healing thermal waters and pure nature surrounding Termas de Papallacta made it a "must do" Ecuador in tourism attraction. The thermal baths are located on the banks of the Papallacta river in a unique natural environment. The hydrothermal value of Termas de Papallacta's hot springs is due to Papallacta's location between two volcanoes, Cayambe and Antisana. The baths' curative properties have also proven to be anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.

Close to the resort is the protected Canyon Ranch, located at the entrance of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve. Fishing is a popular activity in this area.


Day 1: Quito – Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort You will be picked up from either your hotel or the Quito airport and taken in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the Pallacta Thermal Springs Resort, about 55kms from Quito. The drive takes about two hours. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

The ride to the Pallacta Thermal Springs Resort (Las Termas de Papallacta Thermal Resort and Spa), traverses the breathtakingly beautiful “Cinnamon Trail”. As your vehicle winds its way higher and higher towards the resort perched high in the Andes, gaze down at the rivers and valleys that lie below.

As soon as you enter Papallacta, the difference in the atmosphere is noticeable.

Arrive at the Resort and check into your room.

You have the entire day to enjoy the facilities of the Resort and Spa.

Lunch at the Termas de Papallacta.

Enjoy the Thermal baths and the Thermal Spa at the resort (payable direct). The Spa offers two ranges of services. The Spa’s Thermodulic area (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 hydromassages using either water jets or air bubbles.

The Spa’s Thermal Club offers a private and exclusive environment, where you can enjoy a range of different treatments related to health and beauty such as individual hydro massage baths, body treatments with medicinal Andean mud, baths in the Thermal Cave, Finnish saunas, pressure massages, aromatherapy or therapeutic massages, face and body treatments and more.

Do try an after-dinner soak under the starry equatorial skies. Relax in the thermal pools or spoil yourself with a massage or a treatment at the health Spa – all in the middle of an exuberant Nature.

Overnight at the Termas de Papallacta resort. Day 2: Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort - Quito After breakfast, spend the morning enjoying some more treatments at the hotel.

You can also enjoy a nature walk in the Canyon Ranch, one of the entrances to the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve, located close to the resort. Walk alongside pristine mountain streams, observing the flora and fauna of the humid Andean forest. Papallacta is ideal for birdwatchers, with more than 160 different species of birds, including many hummingbirds and tangaras.

After lunch, depart for Quito.

Arrive in Quito where your tour ends with a drop-off either at your city hotel or at the Quito airport.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • I night’s accommodation at the resort or hosteria of the area
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Lunch on Days 1, 2
  • Dinner
  • Soft and/or alcoholic drinks
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
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01 Jan till 31 Dec: Daily
2 Days/1 Night
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Your hotel/airport in QuitoHotel: (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)Airport: (Please advise your flight timings at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
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Your hotel/airport in Quito
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Dress warm in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, and coat). Don't forget your bathing suit!
Take rain protection from February to May.
This tour includes walking at an altitude of 3050 (10,000 feet). Use sun protection (SPF 40), and wear a hat or a cap.
Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks are recommended.

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