Coordinates: 0°22′01″S 78°07′58″W / 0.36694°S 78.13278°W / -0.36694; -78.13278
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Papallacta, Ecuador on 16 October 2011
The volcano Antisana seen from the hot spring of Papallacta

Papallacta is a small village at an altitude of 3,300 metres (10,827 feet) in Napo Province, Ecuador.[1] The village is located off the Eastern Cordilleras, on the road from Quito into the Amazon rainforest. It is known for its hot springs.

How to reach

The roadway from Quito to Papallacta passes through several towns and villages before ascending to a pass at an altitude of over 4,000 meters. From here, mountains and glaciers are visible. Descending from the high-altitude pass to Papallacta, the ecosystem shifts from alpine to tropical forests. There are several hot springs in Papallacta.

Lake Papallacta and its surrounding watershed previously provided much of the drinking water for Quito. This changed in 2003 after landslides in the region. The close proximity of the water pipeline from the lake and the oil pipe lines from the Amazon rain forests led to water contamination after the oil leak. The contamination affected Papallacta's use of the lake as a source of clean water.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Papallacta travel". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  2. ^ Pugh, Jeff; Sarmiento, Fausto O. (2004-07-01). "Selling the Public on Sustainable Watershed Conservation". Bulletin of Latin American Research. 23 (3): 303–318. doi:10.1111/j.0261-3050.2004.00110.x. ISSN 1470-9856.

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