Papallacta is a small village in Napo Province located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras on the road from Quito which leads into the Amazon jungle. The scenic drive from Quito to Papallacta passes through several towns and small villages before ascending to a peak of over 4,000 m where views of mountains and glaciers are visible. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, one passes through the portal where the ecosystems transform from alpine to tropical jungle.
The village of Papallacta itself is not known as a tourist destination but houses several hot springs and spas. And another time we went to the hot springs with our students! There are several pools with different water temperatures to hang out and relax. Some temperatures are really demanding for your body, so you will be really tired after a couple of minutes.
The landscape is stunning, since the view to the mountains around are scenic! The air temperature usually is about 10-15 degrees, which gives the hot springs an even better contrast!