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Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

Activity provider: Rebecca Adventure Travel

Papallacta: Private Tour from Quito

Activity provider: Rebecca Adventure Travel

From US$ 160 per person

Papallacta town is famous for its hot springs. This ancient crater contains the volcanic thermal water rich in salts and minerals, due to its healthy properties they are the perfect combination between relaxation and body wellness.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from hotels within Quito's urban zone.
Private group


  • Marvel at the Andean landscape
  • Enjoy the sweet flavor of the handmade Papallacta chocolate
  • Relax in the comfortable thermal pools
  • Visit the diverse handicrafts market
Full description
Enjoy a relaxed day in the Andes. You will start your journey driving to the north of Quito, through beautiful mountains (over 4.000 meters). After one hour, you will arrive at the village of Papallacta, where you will stop for a hot chocolate and a snack. Then, you will make a hike (1.5 hours) around the Papallacta river, where you may spot Andean bears and birds. Afterwards, you can relax in the hot volcanic pools of Papallacta. The open air thermal pools have various benefits. Due to its minerals, these waters will help you to gently exfoliate your skin and relax your body. Enjoy additional services such as facials, massages and aroma therapy (with extra cost). After this, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and will return back to Quito, to visit the local handicraft market. Itinerary
  • 8:00 AM: Pickup at hotel in Quito and start driving to Papallacta
  • 9:30 AM: Hot chocolate in Papallacta
  • 11:00 AM: Hike around the Papallacta river
  • 12:30 PM: Enjoy the open air thermal baths of Papallacta
  • 3:00 PM: Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 5:00 PM: Visit local handicrafts market “Mercado Artesanal” in Quito (optional)
  • 6:00 PM: Back at hotel in Quito
Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time.
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Transportation to and from your Quito’s hotel (within the urban zone)
  • Meals and activities as described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (hot springs, Paramo path)
  • Locker at Papallacta hot springs
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English, and Spanish
  • Extra drinks and food
  • Tips for guide

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Transportation is included from and to Quito hotels located in the urban zone. This does not include hotels in the valleys, Tababela, or hotels close to the airport.
  • An extra charge of $40 (for the round trip per group) must be paid directly to the driver if your hotel is located outside of Quito's urban zone
  • Bring warm and waterproof clothing, water, sunblock, sunglasses, bathing suit, and a towel.
  • It is also possible to stay the night at the Termas Papallacta resort. Contact the supplier for prices and availability.
  • Take all necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.)
  • The operator cannot take any responsibility for illnesses or missed meals & tours due to illness
  • Valid travel and medical insurance is mandatory. Please inform the supplier of any known medical conditions you have.
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice
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Great introduction to the area

Our guide was Guillermo and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Papallacta with him. This was our first excursion in Ecuador and he explained many things about the people, the government, the economy, the lifestyles, the language....all in very conversational tones. His English was very good and he even let me practice some Spanish with him. My Spanish is far worse than his English! We did not see any wildlife like I was hoping but overall it was a great introduction to the area. I felt safe and well attended.

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July 27, 2018

Product ID: 71455