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Papallacta & Antisana tour

Our unique Papallacta & Antisana tour takes to the 2 best highlights from the Papallacta area - the impressive Antisana Ecological Reserve, and the pristine Papallacta hot springs.

  • See impressive ancient lava flows from Antisana Volcano
  • Spot condors gliding the thermals (with luck!)
  • Trek through Andean grasslands at Mica Laguna
  • Enjoy bird watching in the Antisana Reserve (over 90 bird species have been recorded here)
  • Soak in the relaxing Papallacta hot springs

Papallacta & Antisana tour


  • Number of passengers Prices Per Person
  • 1 passenger $840
  • 2 people $500
  • 3 people $415
  • 4 people $350
  • 5 people $320
  • 6 people $300


  • DAY 1 Antisana Ecological Reserve – An early start takes us into the reserve where you can see old lava flows and moraine deposits as well as a wealth of birdlife - if lucky you may even see condors soaring the thermals. The real highlight though would be to see the monstrous snow-capped Antisana Volcano peak (5704m). You can also enjoy 2-3 hours of trekking at Laguna Mica through the unique paramo (Andean grasslands) scenery. We then head on to the small town of Papallacta, for an overnight stay at the hot springs resort.
  • DAY 2 Papallacta - Enjoy the whole day at leisure to soak in the crystal clear hot springs, or enjoy the on-site spa (treatments not included). There is also a short self-guided trek trail that begins at the hot spring resort. Mid-afternoon our driver will collect you for the return journey to Quito.

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Tour Specifications


  • Accommodation in double / twin rooms (or triple for odd-numbered groups who do not wish to pay any single supplement)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide on day1
  • Spanish speaking driver on day 2
  • Pickup / drop off at hotel in Quito city


  • Single supplement : $90
  • Pickup / drop off at airport or in Quito valley area (this service costs extra)
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Papallacta Spa treatments - we recommend advanced reservation as these often book out. Contact your sales representative for help with a massage reservation.


  • This tour is available throughout the year.


  • Flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.

About this itinerary

  • The weather at Antisana Reserve is extremely variable so we recommend to take clothing suitable for rain and cold winds (a hat to cover your ears, scarf and gloves).
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