Papallacta Hot Springs
Papallacta Hot Springs

Termas de Papallacta SPA, Resort and Convention Centre is located 40 miles east of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador in the heart of South America.  Perched on a high Andean valley at the entrance route to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle, the spa - resort offers its visitors health, recreation, adventure and rest. Whether relaxing in the thermal baths, indulging in pampering spa treatments, or embarking on relaxing walks at the Rancho del Cañón (Canyon Ranch), you are sure to enjoy the Papallacta experience complemented by the restaurants which serve a range of culinary delights to tickle your tastebuds.


We pick you up from your hotel in Quito and then drive east to Pifo and on the transoceanic highway on to Papallacta. This village is situated at 3.700m in the midst of an evergreen Páramo landscape. The area is renowned for its hot springs. Relax in the scenic pools and see if you can spot the ice giant Antisana (5.758m). After a relaxing day in this special place we return in the afternoon to Quito which we will reach in the early evening. -/L/-

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Thermal Club

The Thermal Club combines beauty treatments with warm and friendly service. In a private and exclusive environment, you can enjoy a range of different treatments related to health and beauty such as:

  • Individual hydro massage baths, body treatments with medicinal Andean mud, baths in the Thermal Cave, Finnish saunas, pressure massages, aromatherapy or therapeutic massages, face and body treatments and more.
  • Meditation and rest area
  • Beverages counter

The Spa at Termas de Papallacta has a clinic and cafeteria.



A small paradise that is an absolute 'must' during your stay at Termas de Papallacta, the Spa consists of two principle areas offering a range of services.


The SPA's hydrotherapy area consists of five hot thermal pools and one cold pool. The Thermoludic Area is the ideal place to experience a variety of different hydro- massages using either water jets or air bubbles.


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.

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 sulphates, 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.


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
  • 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 neuron-vegetative 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.)
  • Alleviates respiratory problems
  • Improves osteon-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 decompensate 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.

Prices 2018
Please contact us for your personalized offer!

Services included in the price
All transfers with private transportation, entrance fees, meals as stated, english speaking guide.

Not included in the price
International flight, airport tax for international flights, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.

Ecuador Galapagos Travels
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