Location & Maps

Papallacta is a small village in Ecuador 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. Many of the local restaurants are known for their steamed trout and a hearty meal can be had for just a few dollars. For lodging, there are several tourist hotels and a resort.

Papallacta Map



General Information



At about 2 hours east of Quito, to Cumbayá Pifo Tumbaco and following the waterway, you reach the wilderness of the Virgin, where he begins the Parish of Papallacta.
Natural areas
Papallacta is surrounded by two Natural Areas: National Park and Reserve Cayambe-Coca Ecological Antisana.
2800-4300 m.s.n.m
1,525 mm annual
8.4a Minimum º C, maximum 22A º c