Full Day Tour departing from Quito

If you are looking for a special place that combines unique highland landscapes and an opportunity to give your body and soul an energy-charging experience, this is the perfect place!

Papallacta is located in the heart of the Andean Paramo, between the Cayambe and Antisana volcanoes, and is very famous for its thermal hot springs. The subterranean activity of the volcanoes heats the waters here in pools ranging from 36-40°C (96-105 F). The thermal pools are well known for their therapeutic properties and their unique origin gives them a perfect mineral concentration that will help you to relax and relieve any type of muscular or joint pains. In addition, there are beautiful grasslands and trails through the landscapes perfect for walking.

The drive to Papallacta from Quito is an interesting one as you pass between high mountains and into the valley. On the way, as you peer out across the Andean paramo, you will learn about its ecological importance and the incredible wildlife that has made this area their home, such as the elusive Spectacled bear. Upon arrival, you can choose between simply relaxing in the pools and letting your worries melt away into the medicinal waters, or venture out on a hike to take in the beautiful surroundings, all while admiring the local fauna and flora that emerges from the corners of every slope and shore of the nearby lagoons. After a delicious lunch with local flair, you can relax for a little while longer before returning to Quito.

Papallacta Andean Hot Springs

Prices 2023

Prices Per Person

Number of Guests Price
1 Guest
USD 319.00
2 Guests
USD 195.00
3-5 Guests
USD 158.00
6-9 Guests
USD 120.00
10-16 Guests
USD 105.00


  • Private services with local English-speaking guide
  • Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Lunch at local restaurant

  • Permanent assistance by our operations department


  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

What our customers say

John K

It was a fantastic experience, even better than we expected! Sofia and the Columbus team were excellent; they were very responsive, quickly answered any questions we had, and were available to help us navigate the logistics of our trip. They even helped coordinate some travel logistics outside of those they booked for us and solved a few issues while on our trip.
I would highly recommend Columbus and this trip to the Galapagos to anyone!

John K.
Apr, 2021
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Robyn & Frank Brasell

Dear Gabriela and a special hello to Tannya,

We are having a most interesting trip and we are very happy! The Galapagos was a wonderful experience. Our guide Federico was great and so knowledgeable. It was also interesting to talk to him about his family and life growing up and living on the islands. We really recommend him as a guide. Geovanny also – a lovely smiling gentleman !
All our meetings at airports, the ferry and the arrangements at the hotels are excellent.We were not expecting such luxury with the hotels !! Thank you for all these arrangements.

We met Javier last night and we are ready for our extensive tours in Guayaquil. Thank you for your thoughtful note of welcome , Tannya and for the lovely gifts!

We will certainly recommend Columbus Travel – and also the whole experience of Ecuador

Sincere regards
Robyn and Frank

Robyn & Frank Brasell
September 2023Read more “Robyn & Frank Brasell”

Michael K

Cris was very helpful and fast in responding.

Michael K
January 2023
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Frank Mazza

Hello Gabriella,

We arrived home to Vermont safe and runs Sunday afternoon. We are healthy happy and grateful. You helped us so much and “smoothed out” any wrinkles for us. Thank you!. Thank Robby Delgado for us and Veronica. We had a great last was so relaxing. She was a wonderful guide. We enjoyed the boat. Gardens spent time getting a few gifts at the Mercado and a great lunch as well as the Guayasamin Museum. She took us to the airport and got us situated with no problems. Send her our thanks also. You have some wonderful people working as guides, drivers.

Linda & Frank Mazza
September 2023Read more “Frank Mazza”