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Papallacta is a tiny town about 1.5 to 2 hours outside of Quito. It is famous for its natural hot springs where visitors can go and soak their tired limbs in the rejuvenating powers of the relaxing hot bath.

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It is said that the waters of Papallacta are medicinal and help anything from one’s intestines to respiration to arthritis. The pools range in temperature from 36-40 degrees Celsius or 97-104 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Around the hot springs are a few hiking trails, restaurants, and a hotel. While Baños has hot springs as well, the ones in Papallacta are hardly ever full, and have a variety of different pools to lounge in. Papallacta is perfect for a day trip out of Quito. On the way you will pass some beautiful scenery and some quaint towns.

Cost for transport for up to ten passengers: $120

Entrance into the pools: $8.50 for adults into the public pools or
$22.00 to enter the “spa” section, which is essentially a section of more private pools

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