Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort
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Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Location: Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort; Swimsuit: Target

Organizing and planning every detail of a five month adventure is just unrealistic and to an extent limiting. Had we stuck to our original plan, when returning from the Galapagos Islands, we would have gone straight to Quito and missed out on the wonderful surprise of Papallacta, Ecuador. What a shame that would have been. So if you are a natural planner like me, just, “let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore” and see where the adventure takes you. Luckily for us, it led us straight to thermal hot spring relaxation!

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort

Papallacta is nestled in the hills of the Andes Mountains over 10,000 feet above sea level, and famous for their restorative hot springs (but I am sure you already figured that out!) and delicious trout. We chose to spend our time at Termas de Papallacta Spa & Resort, a beautiful and serene Spanish style hotel. Entrance to the hot springs spa is $22. A little on the pricy side, considering how affordable everything in the surrounding area is, but still worth every penny. There are hot springs everywhere within Papallacta, so if you are looking for something slightly less expensive, there are plenty of options.

Below are a few snapshots from our explorations of Papallacta outside of the beautiful hot springs.

Papallacta, Ecuador

Papallacta, Ecuador

Papallacta, Ecuador

About two hours outside of Quito, Papallacta is a must see oasis when visiting Ecuador. We loved lounging around the hot springs, reading our kindles, and taking in the absolutely stunning scenery. The contrast of lush landscape with the blue steamy hot springs is one you should not miss. Oh, and do not forget your suncreen…Ryan and I are sitting here red as tomatoes because we underestimated the cloud coverage. Womp. Womp.

-Chelsea

We are currently in Santiago, Chile, follow along here!

PS: Ada, graciously included me in her birthday post here.

LocationLOCATION: Papallacta


  1. Oh my goodness – living vicariously through you! That hot springs photo could be on the cover of a travel magazine. Thanks so much for linking up for Mingle Monday! Don’t forget to leave a comment on the post when you participate! :)

    • Hi Meg! Thank you! I love Mingle Monday and have discovered so many adorable blogs! I look forward to seeing them every week :)

    • I have never been to the Venezuelan Andes, but I just love the mountains, so now I will have it add it to my list, thank you for the tip!

  2. You have got to stop with all of these amazing photos! I am living vicariously through you with every post! Stunning photo series, girl! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

    • Thank you Anna, and hey, I could say the same thing, I am obsessed with all your beautiful clothes and sincerely wish I could raid your closet one day :)

  3. Once again, I AM SO JEALOUS! I’ve always wanted to swim in hot springs and it looks so delightful with such an amazing backdrop.

    Emily x

    • Thank you Sybil! The bathing suit is from Target! I had wanted to buy one of the Triangl ones but just did not budget my time appropriately to buy one!

  4. Those natural hot spring baths/pools look amazing right now. I wish I was there. Lovely photos and landscapes visited. Thanks for sharing your trip again with “Bloggers Who Have Inspried Me” always a pleasures.
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

    • Thank you Rachel. There is something about hot springs that are just so relaxing, even if they have a weird sulfur smell :)

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