Termas de Papallacta, Papallacta

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Relax in the naturally heated pools at Termas de Papallacta. The subterranean activity of one of Ecuador's many volcanoes heats the waters here, in pools ranging from 36-40 C (96-105 F). Take a dip and enjoy the view of the surrounding forested hills and the Andes in the background. Choose from shallow or deep warm pools, or circulate between the hot and cold water for the best relaxation experience. Use our Papallacta day trip app to arrange your visit to Termas de Papallacta and other attractions in Papallacta.
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  • It is charming, it is located in the mountains, near the Antissana mountain. A mountain in the Andes of Ecuador. We have made our 22-day program in Ecuador and Galapagos  more »
  • I stayed for just 1 night with a Gate1 tour but had a real lovely time. I enjoyed a lunch and dinner at the main lobby restaurant (I recommend the carbonara dish), and also lounged in the little bar o...  more »
  • Great thermal bath with many different beautifully landscaped pools all have a different temperature. There are many cabins and restrooms available. All around the mountains in height get location, outside it is somewhat cooler in this altitude, it makes a good effect in the warm pool to dive. Everything is very neat and clean. We were guests of the adjacent hotel there was admission to this facility included. Should if possible be scheduled in an Ecuador travel, a great change of pace.
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  • This is a soothing place by every meaning! Facilities and rooms are a bit used but the staff is very kind and they to there best. The private pools in front of every room are awesome especially at night! There is also a little walking trail included. The restaurant and bar offer good quality but are overpriced.
  • When you catch it on a good day the views from Thermas de Papallacta’s private pools are breathtaking. If you want to avoid all the ruckus, pay a little extra to use the private pools and avoid the public like the plague. He private spa contains a handful of giant hot pools and one ice cold tub to numb the soreness out of your muscles. You are required to wear a spa cap but they provide one at the door. After a few hours of soaking I decided to come back the next morning and get a massage. Hands down one of the best I have ever had. They keep the area quiet and cozy which really helped me relax. Afterwords they offer you tea and allow you to lounge in a resting area as long as you please. After the massage I had a meal in their restaurant near the spas. The meal was delicious and just further added to my love of this place. My only con is that it is very challenging to book a room here. Plan ahead or else you will have to settle for a crappy hostel nearby.
  • Lovely hotsprings - we visited at night and used the natural (rather than "spa") pools. they have a lot of variety in heat and depth to choose from. very relaxing - its a bit of a trek from Quito but worth it! there is a hotel on site if you have the option to spend the night, and they have bed and breakfast packages for the spa and natural pools.
  • This place is a little piece of heaven. Beauty surrounds the pools, each at a different temperature. We opted to pay the $22 to go into the more private pools and I think it is worth it. My aunt also received a massage package which included and chocolate wrap and she loved it, it was around $100 and included 3 hours of treatment and entrance fee, worth the price she declared. I having lived in Ecuador for over a year, I am not used to paying spa/resort prices for food. You pay a good amount and do not receive a large quantity, this would be the only draw back.
  • We had a friend that lives in Quito that took us on a wonderful trip here which was a beautiful drive through the mountains. Once you reach Papallacta, it is much colder in the Paramo, so the warm waters are more than welcoming. The waters are said to have medical properties, I felt great afterwards. The scenery was beautiful and we had a delicious breakfast before leaving. Overall a great experience, I would definitely recommend.

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