Papallacta Highlands & Hot Springs

Papallacta highlands is a beautiful and wild area part of Cayambe-Coca National Park located on the eastern flanks of the Andes, which is an important water source for Quito and the surrounding communities.

We will drive about two hours northeast of Quito, accompanied by beautiful Andean landscapes to start a fabulous and hilly route of 22 mi/36 km that crosses a small but amazing part of the upper part of Cayambe-Coca National Park. On the way, will be able to admire vast areas of moorlands, Andean forest, waterfalls, lakes, and if we are lucky, we will see an Andean bear or deer cross nearby to our path!

Finally, after this challenge route because of the altitude and steep climbs we will have a well-deserved hot spring bath in Papallacta Hot Springs! (BL/L)

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Distance Ridden 22.4 mi/36 km
Riding Time 6 hours
Fitness Level Very Difficult
Skill Level Beginner
Highest Elevation 13.120 ft /4.000 m
Lowest Elevation 10.820 ft / 3.300 m

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Highlands of the Cayambe Coca National Park
  • Lagoons and cascades of the moor
  • Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Panoramic view of the Antisana Volcano
  • Flora and fauna of the moor and Andean forest
  • Hardtale mountain bike in perfect condition
  • Helmet and gloves
  • Transportation
  • Support vehicle
  • Experts and bilingual guides with First Aid certification (6:1 rider/guide ratio)
  • Technical and mechanical support
  • Box lunch (BL)
  • Safe drinking water refills during the tour
  • Permits and attractions entrance fees
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • Comfortable day backpack (20 L)
  • Comfortable, warm biking clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Headwear: bandana, buff, etc
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (minimun 50)
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sandals
  • Personal  grooming kit

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Rain pants
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Extra comfortable and warm change of clothes and shoes
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