We live in Otavalo, Ecuador and were having friends from the States come visit us. We picked them up in Quito and took a bus from the station to Papallacta the next day. I think the bus said Baeza on the side and it was just a few dollars. The road to Papallacta is beautiful, but at some parts not for the faint of heart. (dirt roads, curvy, steep drop-offs with no guardrails...) We got off at the fork of the road just before the bus continues on to Baeza and had some cold beers at the La Choza Don Wilson before hailing down a truck that all seven of us road up the hill for 60 cents. It drops you right at the door of Termas de Papallacta. We got a large, 2-story cabin with kitchenette and fireplace. Several private hot pools were right outside our door. The staff was pretty friendly (but not overly) and the maids let us peek inside the other non-cabin rooms. They were very clean and cheery, but not near as awesome as our cabin. The grounds are full of huge heated thermal pools and you can swim all day in a different pool of different temps and depths. Our group ranged from age 6 to 56 and we all had a GREAT time, however this town and resort is in the middle of NOWHERE and there's not much to do but relax, which was PERFECT for our group. We did a self-guided hiking tour which you can discover lot of flora and fauna including llamas that let you pet them. For a fee there were also longer hikes and horse-back riding, but not much else, so bring a book if you bore easily. We ate at the restaurant once, but the prices are "Americanized" and food wasn't special, so we instead walked down the road out of the resort to the other small hostels which also had restaurants with great, cheap, authentic food. And since they don't get much business, they bent over backwards to make our meals extra special. Another thing to keep in mind is the weather. I brought a terry-cloth robe to wear when walking from pool to pool because the altitude there is still quite high making for chilly and cloudy days. I saw other wet guests shivering and running to hurry and get into the next hot pool. All in all, this resort is worth the price we paid for the cabin and I WILL be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Termas de Papallacta is a Hot Springs SPA, Resort & Convention Center nestled in a majestic valley of the high Andes only 45 minutes driving from the new Quito Airport and 1 hour from Quito city. We are located at Km 65 on the way to Baeza following the Interoceanic road. Our resort is on the "Cinnamon Trail", the same route that the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range searching for gold and other treasures, and which unexpectedly led him to discover the Amazon River. Papallacta is the doorway to the Ecuadorian Amazon region, despite being in the Ecuadorian Highlands at an altitude of 10.827 feet (3.300 meters) above sea level and of an average daytime temperature of 14°C (57°F). ... more less
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- Termas De Papallacta Hotel Quito
- Termas De Papallacta Quito