Ecuador – Quito: Papallacta Pass Thermal Springs
Nature lovers or bird watchers will fully enjoy these short one-day outings departing from Quito, to the protected cloud forests of Mindo, Papallacta Pass and Pasochoa Andean forest.
Located over 10,000 feet above sea level in a temperate montane forest, Papallacta Thermal Springs Resort is just two hours away from Quito. Nestled high in the Andean Cordillera at the entrance of the Amazonian jungle, Papallacta features several hot thermal spring pools of different sizes and temperatures, with hydro-massage and bubble jets; private pools are used by guests, but they also have access to the public pools if they wish.
Depart Quito at 8:00 in the morning for Papallacta Pass traveling on the Cinnamon Trail, the route the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, only to discover the Amazon River. Upon arrival direct access to the Spa (pools) where guests receive towels, bathing caps and an assigned locker. A snack is served at the Cafeteria of the Spa (hot cheese sandwich, coffee or tea) and then relax and soak away life’s aches and pains. Revitalize your body and soul in Ecuador’s only Spa that offers hydrotherapy using mineral, medicinal thermal water. At Papallacta you will begin to feel the beneficial effects of the life-giving, diaphanous air which originates in a singular meeting of the Amazonian winds with the rocks, forests and water of the high Andean mountains. At the hot thermal spring pools experience the notable, restorative effects of the crystalline thermal waters (sulfate alkaline terreous). Submerge yourself in the warm water and take advantage of its curative properties in rheumatic, arthritic, digestive and respiratory processes. The water is odorless, crystalline and ever changing.
Lunch is served at the Cafeteria of the Spa, featuring fresh trout from their own trout farm. Vegetarian and other options are also available. Lunch menu includes: soup of the day, entrée and dessert.
In the afternoon discover your adventurous spirit through a nature walk on marked paths alongside pristine mountain streams, observing the flora and fauna of the humid montane Andean forest of the Canyon Ranch, one of the entrances to the Ecological Reserve Cayambe-Coca. After this gratifying hike, return to Quito.
Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat). Don’t forget your bathing suit! Take rain protection from February to May. This tour includes walking at an altitude of 3050 (10,000 feet) . Sun protection (SPF 40). Hat or cap. Good walking shoes and an extra pair of socks.
Temperature: Day 6° to 18° C / 43° to 64° F.
Departs daily from Quito, includes snack, lunch and entrance fee to the private pools of the Spa and to the public pool
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