Big Brother: It was
a long drive to Papallacta. After we were driving about half an hour,
my sister fell asleep on my shoulder. My shoulder got sore after
awhile so I pulled it away but she just put her head right back down
on me. Oh, well...
Little Miss: When we walked into
the lobby at Papallacta I liked it. It was neat. They had a fireplace
and a little sitting area by the fireplace. Next to the lobby there
was a steam room with a hot pool!
Little Miss: We went to our room
and I saw a bunk bed and one double bed. There was a nice porch with
hand made wooden chairs. There were hot pools right in front of us.
These pools are just for the hotel guests.
Big Brother: I like the hot
pools. One night we went in after dinner and played some games. Daddy
and Mommy were the hippos and we were the crocodiles! It was fun.
Little Miss: The morning we left
we saw Antisana Volcano peeking out through the clouds. It is covered
with glaciers. Imagine that - we were on the equator and there are
glaciers! People usually don't get to see many of the volcanoes
because of the clouds. We were lucky!
Papallacta Hot Springs is
a beautiful resort located 40 miles (65 km) east of Quito at
an elevation of 10,800 feet (3,220 m) on what was the old
"Cinnamon Trail". This is the same route that
Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andes
in search of gold and discovered the Amazon River.
Upon arrival to
Papallacta you will begin to feel the beneficial effects of
the life giving air which originates in a singular meeting of
the Amazonian winds with the rocks, forest and water of the
amazing Andes. Live a unique experience traveling across the
forest, rivers and cascades of the Canyon Ranch, one of the
main entrances to the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and the
habitat of condors, pumas, hummingbirds and spectacled bears.