Papallacta Ecuador

Papallacta a town in the province of Napo, well known for its hot springs. Discover its location, how to get there, tourist attractions, and do not miss enjoying this tourist destination of Ecuador.


Papallacta town in Ecuador initially it was a  Pichincha province Quito rural parish, but in 1920, when Napo province was created, it became part of it, to which it belonged until January 17, 1955, when Quijos was cantonized became part of that new jurisdiction.

Papallacta is located in the province of Napo, 67 km from Quito city, receives an average of 19 thousand visitors per month, who enjoy unique landscapes with the comfort of the services offered here, such as: accommodation, spa, baths and promotional packages.
It is located 3,156 m above sea level, on the slopes of the eastern mountain range, where they begin from the forests of the Amazon basin located in eastern Ecuador. It is watered by the river of the same name, which forms a large lagoon there.

Papallacta Location

apallacta, belongs to the Quijos canton, Napo Province, constitutes the entrance to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Metropolitan District of Quito its limits are:

  • North: Canton El Chaco
  • South: Canton Archidona
  • East: Cuyuja Parish
  • West: Quito Metropolitan District.

Papallacta how to get there

How far is Quito from Papallacta (Station)? The distance between Quito and Papallacta (Station) is 46 km. The road distance is 76 km.

  • What is the cheapest way to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station)? The cheapest way to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station) is to bus which costs $ 2 - $ 4 and takes 2 h 46 min.
  • What is the fastest way to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station)? The fastest way to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station) is to take a taxi that takes 1 h 10 min and costs $ 40 - $ 50.
  • Is there any direct bus between Quito and Papallacta (Station)? No, there is no direct bus from Quito to Papallacta (Station). However there are services departing from Dos Puentes and arriving at Papallacta through Quito Terminal Quitumbe. The trip, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 46 min.
  • How long does it take to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station)? It takes approximately 2 h 46 min to get from Quito to Papallacta (Station), including transfers.
  • Papallacta Height 3,710 masl

Papallacta Meaning

Some believe that Papallacta comes from "papa", a highly cultivated tuber in the area and "llacta", which means land in Quichua. By lot so much Papallacta would mean "Land of potatoes."
Another theory says that Pope comes from Taita, which means father in Spanish,  because in ancient times, a shaman was well known for his healing powers, so they called him Taita Shaman, over time the term Taitallacta would be populized ( land of dad) and later Papallacta.

Papallacta Tourism

Lacustrine Papallacta System - This composed of approximately 28 lagoons, formed by a set of large bodies of small surface water that are being used.
Papallacta Lagoon - The water comes mainly from the melting of the Cayambe, Sarahurco, and many springs of the surrounding moors.
Papallacta Hot Springs

Termas Papallacta - Spa of Papallacta very attractive where the pools are on a plain surrounded by mountains, there are the moors of the Virgin and Oyacachi and camping is possible; Here is an extensive lake system with streams and beautiful waterfalls.

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