Papallacta Hot Springs Resort

This Hot Springs Resort is located in Ecuador on the banks of the Papallacta river in a unique natural environment.

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These hot waters have the quality of healing people because they are volcanic in origin.

The hydrothermal value of Termas de Papallacta's Hot Springs is thanks to its strategic location between two volcanoes: Antisana volcano and Cayambe volcano.

The source temperature of the thermal baths varies between 30°C and 70°C (86°F and 158°F).

At the pools the temperature ranges from 36°C to 40°C (97°F to 104°F). Papallacta's thermal waters contain sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium which are odorless, colorless but have a slightly salty taste.

Besides improving intestinal function, the baths' curative properties are also anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic.

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Hot Springs Resort Benefits

Inhalation: inhalation of vapors helps to moisturize, loosen and eliminate secretions from the respiratory tract.

Bathing: in the waters opens the skin's pores, helping to remove toxins and absorb minerals.

Ingestion: one or two cups of warm water may be ingested according to medical prescription helping in various metabolic and pathological functions.

Other Benefits

  • Relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue (renal, hepatic, gall, etc.)
  • Heals respiratory problems.
  • Improves osteo-synthesis, muscle and joint elasticity and speeds up recovery processes of cuts and fractures.
  • Stimulates the healing process.
  • Improves intestinal function.
  • Stimulates dilatation of blood vessels and improves blood flow.
  • Eliminates toxins.

The world-renowned healing properties of the thermal baths are especially beneficial for those aged 65 years and over.

This hot springs resort has also a Thermal Club that combines beauty treatments with warm and friendly service.

In a private and exclusive environment, you can enjoy a range of different treatments related to health and beauty.

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Nearby Attractions

Canyon Ranch

Is a protected area extending 625 acres (250 hectares) located at the entrance of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve.

Trekking along the ecological footpaths is an exciting way to appreciate and learn about the local flora and fauna.

You will see a number of species endemic to the area, including more than 160 bird species, tapirs, anteater bears, and many more.

Rafting Adventure

At Papallacta hot springs resort you can enjoy the ultimate adventure package: rafting on Quijos river and relaxation at Papallacta's thermal baths.

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Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve

The Reserve extends for approximately 1 million acres and is largely composed of moorland, primary forests, rivers and lagoons.

Cayambe Coca is considered one of the protected areas housing the greatest animal and plant diversity in Ecuador.

It can be accessed from Papallacta hot springs upon payment of a small entrance fee. Trout fishing is allowed with the appropriate permit issued by the authorities.

Recommended Therapy

There is a common therapy followed by most people who visit this hot springs resort. There are a couple of thermal pools next to each other at the top end of this complex, the smaller one next to the river has a temperature of around 60 degrees (very hot).

Once you have remained in this pool maximum 15 minutes (no more) then, you should bath in the river (freezing) next to it.

This therapy is recommended for people who suffer of kidneys problems amongst other diseases.

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