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Termas de Papallacta: Gateway to Bliss

September 6, 2013 Travel to Ecuador No Comments


Nestled between the snow-capped Antisana and Cayambe volcanoes lies Termas de Papallacta, a luxurious spa and resort, and a must-visit on your tour through Ecuador!

Just 40 miles from Quito, the scenic drive to Papallacta, which sits at 10,824 feet above sea level, eventually culminates in the Amazon. Wind through narrow mountain roads and experience breathtaking scenery with views of mountains, glaciers and paramo. Be awed as the ecosystems transform.

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort was established in 1994, and is one of the pillars of Ecuadorian tourism, known for its innovation and environmentally responsible operation. Services range from day-use thermal pools and hot springs, spa treatments, a gourmet restaurant featuring delicious Ecuadorian delicacies, a cafe, lodging and a convention center.

5618154558_0808fce6b8_oSpend the day lounging at the thermal pools and bask in one of the great wonders of nature that can be attributed to Papallacta’s idyllic location between two volcanoes. The bath’s healing properties include: improving blood flow and intestinal function, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and the alleviating of respiratory problems, among other beneficial properties. The value of the baths are especially recognized for those 65 and older.

Whether or not you decide to stay the night, you will definitely want to experience one of the many incredible treatments the spa has to offer, from hydrotherapies to massage, facials, a chocolate body wrap, wine therapy and a volcanic sauna, you really can’t go wrong. Sit in a steam room created from thermal water flowing through volcanic rocks and then partake in a first class massage that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.


Termas de Papallacta consists of 32 rooms and 13 one and two story cabins, offering special thermal pools exclusively for the use of hotel guests, as well as complimentary access to the day use area. Enjoy a soak in your private hot springs by night while breathing in the pure, cool mountain air. Feel the power of your surroundings.

If you decide to stay the night, you will have the option of booking an adventure trip whether that be hiking, horseback riding or trekking through the beautiful volcano country, you’re bound to find something to suit your travel preferences. Maybe even consider a package combined with other highlights from the Equatorial land. Columbus Travel offers day tours of Papallacta or a two-day tour combining Quito with a visit to Antisana and Papallacta, or add it on to any other longer tour.

No trip would be complete without a delicious meal. Termas’ restaurant will without a doubt please any palate, with both Ecuadorian and International flavors, such as local trout (the specialty of the area), dishes using vegetables from the Termas’ organic garden, as well as a tasty brunch with exotic Ecuadorian fruit juices and other brunch classics.

Termas de Papallacta makes for a unique Ecuadorian experiences with all the comforts of any renowned international spa and resort, while offering some surprising twists that you could only expect from a premier luxury spa in Ecuador.. Don’t miss it!

Columbus Travel will take you where you want to be. Inquire about adding Papallacta on to your itinerary or doing a day trip from Quito.

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