Papallacta Hot Springs A few hours from Quito you can find the thermal pools of Papallacta. On this tour you can enjoy a full day of relax in a magical High Andes landscape. Visiting the hot springs is an experience that will awake all your senses. The secret to Papallacta’s springs lies deep in the earth. The water that pours from the ground at Papallacta is thermally heated by the subterranean activity of the 5,758m-high Volcan Antisana, Ecuador’s fourth-highest mountain. The minerals in the springs are said to have natural health-giving qualities, assisting against the likes of rheumatism, allergies and swelling.