Termas de Papallacta
Resort & Spa Termas de Papallacta

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Welcome to Termas de Papallacta!

Established in 1994, Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort is well regarded in the tourism industry for its professionalism, continuous innovation in spa-related matters and environmentally responsible operations. Even in previous decades, the soothing thermal springs in unspoilt natural surroundings placed this area as a 'must visit' among Ecuadorian tourist attractions. Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort is located just 67 km (40 miles) east of Ecuador's capital, Quito.

The route to Termas de Papallacta was the same taken by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1542 as he crossed the Andes mountain range upon discovering the Amazon and Amazon River.

Altitude: 3,300 meters (10,824 feet) above sea level.

Climate: Humid upper-montane rainforest.

Cold-wet climate Winter (cold and rainy, similar to autumn):

June, July and August.

Summer (similar to spring): December, January, February and March The remaining months are a transition between winter and summer.

Termas de Papallacta houses 13 one and two storey cabins, which are located 100 meters (330 feet) from the hotel. The cabins are warm and cosy each with a fireplace in the living room. The thermal pools situated beside the cabins are for the exclusive use of cabin guests. The cabins are ideal for families or couples who desire their own social space. Guests have free access to emergency medical services and consultations related to thermal spa use.

Hot Springs

The hydrothermal value of Termas de Papallacta's Hot Springs is thanks to Papallacta's location between two volcanoes, Volcano Cayambe and Volcano Antisana.

The source temperature of the thermal baths varies between 30°C and 70°C (86°F and 158°F). At the pools the temperature ranges from 36°C to 40°C (97°F to 104°F). Papallacta´s thermal waters contain sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium which are odourless, colourless but have a slightly salty taste.

Besides improving intestinal function, the baths' curative properties are also anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.

Characteristics and uses of the thermal springs.
General physical and chemical characteristics of the hot springs:
Thermal baths contain sulphates, chlorides, calcium and sodium, plus trace elements such as magnesium and lithium
Medicinal mineral concentration > 1,300 mg/ltr
Super heated (above 50oC at the source)
Hyper stimulating
Odourless, colourless with a slightly salty taste

General Therapeutic Use
Inhalation: inhalation of vapours helps to moisturise, loosen and eliminate secretions from the respiratory tract
Bathing: Bathing in the waters opens the skin's pores, helping to remove toxins and absorb minerals
Ingestion: One or two cups of warm water may be ingested according to medical prescription helping in various metabolic and pathological functions

Specific Benefits Of The Medicinal Mineral Waters:
The sulphates, sodium and magnesium traces improve intestinal function. Minerals are anti-allergic, soothing and anti-inflammatory, helping to regulate intestinal PH, and in conditions such as obesity, kidney problems, gallstones and gout
The sulphates and calcium help to maintain neuro-vegatative balance and contain diuretic properties
The chloride traces have a minor effect on gastric secretions and intestinal function (colic), generally helping to activate metabolism.
Chloride is anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and anti-catarrhal. It is also active in rheumatic-arthritic functions and neuralgia
Sodium chloride gives a stimulating effect
Calcium salts have a soothing effect

General Benefits:
Relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue (renal, hepatic, gall, etc.)
Alieviates respiratory problems
Improves osteo-synthesis, muscle and joint elasticity and speeds up recovery processes of cuts and fractures
Stimulates the healing process
Improves intestinal function
Stimulates dilatation of blood vessels and improves blood flow
Eliminates toxins

Women in the first or last pregnancy trimester should consult their doctor before using the hot springs
People with critical illnesses such as descompensated cardiopathies, serious arterial hypertension, vascular problems, cancer or neoplasias should consult their doctor
Those who have recently consumed alcohol should not enter the baths, alcohol should not be consumed whilst bathing
If dehydrated you should exit the baths and drink plenty of water

For safety's sake, please consult the medical staff at Termas de Papallacta regarding any doubts or questions you may have.

The world-renowned healing properties of the thermal baths are especially beneficial for those aged 65 years and over.


Since good food is an important part of the trip, Termas de Papallacta offers delicious national and international cuisine. Local fresh trout is the speciality. Many of the ingredients used in our dishes are fresh from our organic vegetable garden, free from chemicals or pesticides. At the Kiosk you can purchase a variety of snacks and drinks.

Prices 2018

The following prices are available for 2018. If you make reservations for a group, for several concurrent services or on certain dates we are usually able to offer special prices on these occasions - Please contact us!

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Ecuador Galapagos Travels
Ecuador Galapagos Travels
Veintimilla E10-78 and Av. 12 de Octubre
El Giron Building – Tower E – 2nd Floor – Office 104
fax: (593 2) 2224 628
P.O.BOX: 17-01-43
email: info@ecuadorgalapagostravels.ec
Quito - Ecuador

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