The thermal spas of Papallacta are located in the Andes and just two hours east of Quito. Papallacta sits between the Cayambe & Antisana volcanoes which are the source of these therapeutic hot springs.
The therapeutic thermal pools at Papallacta range from 97°F to 105°F (36°C to 40°C) and contain sulfates, chlorides, sodium, magnesium & lithium. Breathing the steam is reported to be extremely beneficial to the respiratory system and the hot waters also help to remove toxins form the body while minerals are absorbed through the skin.
While you relax in the natural hot springs, you can get lost as you enjoy the beautiful mountains surrounding the pools. There are two sections to the springs. The general section has hot springs, a small restaurant and is a very popular location for families. The spa section contains hot springs, a restaurant and various message therapy offerings. This area tends to be focused more on the adult visitor and does cost a little more than the general thermal spa area. For those interested in enjoying a massage, it is best to make reservations in advance—these services do fill up quickly.
At just two hours from Quito by car, the thermal springs at Papallacta make for a great day or overnight trip.