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Papallacta Hot Springs Tour

Due to the tectonic and volcanic origins of the mountainous Andes, hot springs are common all along this region. Because these waters have various medicinal and healing properties, resorts and spas have sprung up, welcoming travelers who wish to undergo hydrotherapy treatments during their trips to Latin America.

In Ecuador, the town of Papallacta is one of these destinations that possess volcanically warmed mineral waters containing sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and magnesium – which give the water characteristics that are anti-allergic, de-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-rheumatic and sedative, and are even said to improve bowel movement.

To journey to this mountain village, Surtrek representatives will meet you in the morning at your hotel in Quito and then drive you across eastern Ecuador via an inter-oceanic route that links the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Once we reach Papallacta, you can soak, swim, play and relax in the medicinal hot springs of the exceedingly natural environment of the Termas de Papallacta Resort & Spa. If the sky is clear, you will have a spectacular view of the Antisana Volcano looming above your pool. Depending on the season, the average outside temperature ranges from 50° to 57°F (10° to 14°C); however, the water temperature can reach a relaxing 104°F (40°C).

During your visit to the Termas de Papallacta, if you wish, you can enjoy addition optional activities that include bird watching, hiking and the massage of your choice at the spa (these include hydro-massage baths, body treatments with medicinal Andean mud, pressure massages, aromatherapy and therapeutic massages, face and body treatments, and more!). In the afternoon, we will return to Quito.  

Sound interesting? Just get in touch with Surtrek and we’ll get to work organizing an excursion that’s just for you. 


“We booked our Galapagos/Peru trip through Surtrek and are very glad that we did.”A. Arima


Thermal springs, relax, SPA, medicinal hot springs, landscapes, energy.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Papallacta Hot Springs Tour
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Papallacta Hot Springs Tour

Pick-up time: 08:30

Days Operation: Daily


Papallacta Hot Springs

Optional activities (extra):

Option 1: Birdwatching Option 2: “Island Path” Hiking Option 3: “Chorrera Path” Trekking Option 4: Papallacta Massages
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2020 - Price per person
Days Price per person
2 - 3 Persons
1US$ 224.00 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Private transportation
  • Services of a professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to the thermal springs
Not included in the price:
  • Personal items
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • SPA treatments

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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large.”Walter Squire