Papallacta village is located some 67 km from Quito in an easterly direction on the road Quito-Baeza. Papallacta village is actually a rustic town and has not been well developed for tourism. The village holds itself additional hot thermal pools at the Balneario Municipal. These pools are located below the village. Entrance fee for adults: US $2.00. Children and seniors pay half price. The region holds as well one of the best hot springs of the country "Balneario Termas de Papallacta" or
Termas de Papallacta Hot Springs (located just a 100 meters above Hotel Resort Termas de Papallacta), offering modern installations and several hot thermal pools. There is a therapy followed by most people who visit Termas de Papallacta hot springs. There are a couple of thermal pools next to each other at the top end of this complex, the smaller one next to the river has a temperature of around 60 degrees (very hot). Once one has remained in this pool maximum 15 minutes (no more) then, one should bath in the river (freezing) next to it. This therapy is recommended for people who suffer of kidneys problems amongst other diseases.
Terma de Papallacta hot springs, becomes very crowded over weekends. The entry cost is US$5.00 for adults and children under
12 pay half price. Additionally, if you're lodged at Hotel Termas de Papallacta, you can show your room's key at the entrance and you'll be able to enter for free. Papallacta hot springs are open daily from 06:30-1800. In addition, inside the complex you'll also find steam rooms, hot showers and a very expensive restaurant. The surrounding area is also idyllic for ambling down various meandering treks and the more challenging rugged ones.
You can also stay here for the weekend and enjoy the spectacular settings that afford views on clear days of the snowcapped Antisana (5700m). Horse riding, fishing and other tours are also available.
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Hotel Termas de Papallacta.- A rest resort and upmarket hotel located next to Balneario Termas de Papallacta, offering cabins for up to 6 people each (US $140.00) and double or simple rooms with private Jacuzzi (From US $84 to US $94.00) per night. 2 good restaurants serving local dishes (Specially Trout), small outdoor thermal pools, mud massage service and tours around this beautiful Paramo area. Reservations: 2320621.
Nearby, you'll also be able to find cheaper places to stay, such as:
Pampas de Papallacta.- Rooms with private bath, hot water and outdoor thermal pools. Reservations: Tel. 2320624.
La Choza de Don Wilson.- Located along the main road towards Termas de Papallacta. Rooms with private bath, spa, pool and a good restaurant offering set meals. Reservations: Tel. 2320627.
Basic accommodation in the village includes:
Hotel Saudi.- Located almost at the end of the village of Papallacta. Reservations: Tel. 2320694.
Residencial El Viajero & Hotel Quito.- With shared bathroom. Both located in the village of Papallacta (along the main road).
Hostal Coturpa.- Located next to Balneario Municipal. US $6.00 per night, per person. Reservations: Tel. 2320640.
There is a frequent bus service to the village. At the bus station in Quito, look out for buses heading Quito-Baeza, or Quito-Lago Agrio. Ask the driver to leave you right at the turn-off to Papallacta Springs (just before the village of Papallacta). From this turn-off to the springs, is only a 30 minute walk to the complex. From Quito (2 1/2 hours, US$ 2).