Walking Trips

RESERVATIONS: TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY IN PAPALLACTA DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER

Termas de Papallacta: General Information

Termas de Papallacta owns the “Rancho del Cañón”, a protected area of 250 hectares (625 acres) located at the entrance of the Cayambe - Coca ecological reserve.

The Papallacta River crosses both the Rancho and the high area of the valley. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the Antisana volcano (5.704 meters/ 18.714 feet high).

We offer walks with our native guides as well as self-guided ones through ecological footpaths, allowing nature lovers to appreciate the unique endemic species of flora and fauna.

The area provides an ideal place for ornithologists who would be able to watch more than 160 species of birds, including hummingbirds, tangaras and occasionally the great Andean Condor.

In addition, visitors have the opportunity to visit the “Exploratory” research and interpretation center, which offers audiovisual information on those species only found around Papallacta.

The Terra Foundation which currently manages this center cares for the protected area. This foundation is a private non-profit organization whose aim is to carry out research that will contribute to improve the quality of life of the poor communities of the area, thus harmonizing economic development with nature conservation.

Recommendations:

Warm clothes and water proof

Rube boots

Sun glasses and sun block

Repellent

LA ISLA PATH

Category: Self guider or Guided

Duration: 1 hour Price: $2.00 or $ 3.00 guided.

It follows a section of the Loreto Papallacta River across remnants of primary forest characterized by vegetation of a high altitude wet forest.

 

RIVER PATH

Category: Guided

Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Price: $6.00, minimum 3 people.

Walking along this path one can admire the wetlands and the primary forest while you discover the old glacier valley. Prehistoric plants and vegetation from a high altitude wet forest can be seen.

LA CASCADA PATH.

Category: Guided

Duration: 2 - 3 hours 

Departure schedule: From 08: 00 to 15:00

Price: $6.00, minimum 3 people.

Walking along this path one can admire the waterfalls that are formed in the crags as the Pailon creek makes its descent.

MINTALA PATH

Category: Guided

Duration: 6 hours

Departure schedule: in the morning: 09:00 / in the afternoon: 13:00

Price: $6.00, minimum 3 people.

From the highest peak at 3,987 meters (12,958 ft a.s.l.) you have view of the Antisana snow-capped volcano and of the following peaks: Choza Longos, Antisanilla, Nevado Cayambe,Sumaco volcano, as well as the town of Papallacta. One might see the spectacled bear an the Andean condor

PAILON PATH

Category: Guided Duration: 7 - 9 hours

Price: $15.00, minimum 3 people.

Departure schedule: in the morning: 07:00 This path follows nearly 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) of very pronounced slops.

From the highest peak at 4,122 meters (13,602 ft a.sl) one has views of the Antisana snowed – capped volcano and Cayambe volcano, the smaller Choza Longos Antisanilla ans Sumaco vocano. One might see the spectacled bear and the Andean condor.