Walking on the path of water and life in Papallacta.

Go on a magnificent hike through the high-altitude steppes, from the Papallacta Antennae to the thermovolcanic baths. We'll trek through an impressive landscape of high-altitude lagoons, swamps and jagged mountain peaks. Look for the characteristic inhabitants of the region and if you're lucky, you might even spot the iconic Spectacled Bear. After traversing Cayambe Coca National Park, relax in the afternoon at the natural hotsprings of Papallacta.

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Hiking and andean natural history around Papallacta hotsprings: day by day

Day 1: Day excursion to Papallacta

Day 1: Day excursion to Papallacta


Today, a rich journey awaits us. From the Ecuadorian capital, we will gradually ascend in altitude by motorized transport until we reach the high páramos of the Papallacta pass. Here, in the heart of a curious vegetation extremely well adapted to the altitude, we will begin a long hike through grandiose landscapes of high-altitude lagoons, swampy peat bogs, and jagged snowy peaks. With a bit of luck, we may have the chance to encounter some of the region's most emblematic inhabitants: the White-tailed Deer, the Andean Fox, the Brazilian Rabbit but also the Andean Condor... The slopes of these mountains also host the Spectacled Bear and the Andean Tapir, two of the region's rarest and most famous inhabitants. Thanks to the guidance of a naturalist guide, we will discover many facets of the ecology of these Andean ecosystems. After crossing the Cayambe Coca National Park, we will arrive in the afternoon at the village of Papallacta, where we can relax in the beautiful thermo-volcanic pool complexes, before heading back to Quito, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.


Dates of the next departures

From Jul 05 to Jul 05, 2024
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Dates Status
From Jul 05 to Jul 05, 2024 Open to booking

Prices per person

2 travelers 4 travelers 6 travelers 8 travelers
184 US$ 118 US$ 92 US$ 77 US$

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• Private transportation (fuel, road taxes, parking fees, vehicle and passenger insurance).
• Bilingual English-speaking guide.
• Entrance fee to the Papallacta hotsprings.
• 24-hour assistance.
• Rubber Boots
• Meals as mentioned, including snacks for certain hikes.
• Water during transportation.

Not included

• International flights.
• Breakfast, dinner and accomodation.
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for all meals.
• Personal expenses.
• Tips.
• Personal insurance.
• Bank transfer fees.

Payment and reservation terms

To book your tour, please confirm your agreement in writing to your travel expert.

  • Deposit of 30% of the invoice amount at the time of booking
  • Secure online payment by credit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express, a payment link will be sent to you at the current USD/EUR exchange rate).
  • The balance must be paid at the latest 45 days before the arrival in Ecuador according to the same terms.

The agency declines all responsibility for the execution of the confirmed services in case of non-compliance with the above payment terms.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Naturalist, scientific day tour


English speaking naturalist guide


From 1 to 15 passengers

Arrival city


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Physical condition


Best season

All year round
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