After a long day of travelling to get to Ecuador we went to Papallacta for a relaxing overnight visit. The spa services were really nice, but what a treat to have a selection of hot and cold pools right outside your room. In the evening the stars were visible and the next morning we woke up to a clear sky and great views of the glacier covered Antasana.
This was the only location in 6 weeks in Ecuador that did not include breakfast. A buffet was available and the food was okay. However, we had freshly caught trout for dinner the evening before and it was really good.
It is easy to catch a bus to and from Quito to Papallacta and once they let you off a truck/ taxi is available to take you up the hill to the hotel for $2. They aren't any sidewalks and the road is narrow, so the taxi is safer.
- 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 distance, 31 miles (50 kilometers) from the new Quito Airport. 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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- Also Known As:
- Termas De Papallacta Hotel Quito
- Termas De Papallacta Quito