Highland grasses, low lying brush, and mats of green dotted with purple flowers stretch before you. The landscape is made up of many small lakes and the occasional tree, standing alone among the harsh yet hauntingly beautiful landscape. Following a trail you pass by grasses higher than your head, shrubs with impossibly bright yellow flowers, and a variety of birds darting among the vegetation. You feel yourself descending ever so slightly during the journey, and finally you find a gravel road that you follow for the final leg of the trek.
Nestled between mist covered hills, with more bountiful trees and greenery, sits the town of Papallacta. You have walked from the Coca Cayambe Reserve to this beautiful town, and now you will go to the hot springs, where you can rest your tired muscles in the naturally heated and nutrient rich waters.
Papallacta is a town in Ecuador, with a population of less than 1000, that is about an hour and a half drive from the capital city of Quito. It is most famous for its hot springs, but also offers many gorgeous hikes, recreational fishing, horseback riding, and almost anything else to be desired. The town can be reached by car, taxi, or bus, but the journey above refers to a wonderful trek that starts near the ranger station of the Coca Cayambe Reserve which is found about 15 minutes before the town when driving by car.
There are a few options to enjoy for hot springs, the most popular local spot being the public pools, and the second most popular being the luxurious Termas Papallacta. This world class spa hosts a variety of pools and a beautiful spa that offers a range of treatments as well as unique cabin-like lodging.
If you are unsure how to best take advantage of your visit to Papallacta, get in touch with our team so we can set up the perfect tour for you, we can’t wait to help you discover this magical place.