ecosystems transform from alpine to tropical jungle. Several hot springs and spas are located in Papallacta. Many of the local restaurants are known for their steamed trout. For lodging, there are several hotels and a resort. The road to the town is called E20. It requires extra care as weather is unpredictable due to snowstorms and blizzards. It is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves. The thermal baths and the Reserva Ecologica Cayambe-Coca are the leading reasons to visit Papallacta.
Papallacta is a small village at 3,300 m on the road from Quito which leads into the Amazon jungle. The scenic drive from Quito to Papallacta passes through several towns and small villages before ascending to a peak of over 4,000 m, from where mountains and glaciers are visible. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, the