This sleepy little town is situated at 3300 m in a beautiful setting of steep hills covered with green cloud forest. The town itself has not very much to offer but just a stonethrow away you will find its famous termal baths.
These are set up with various pools with hot volcanic water (of those only 2 or 3 are filled with water at the same time) and that makes it an ideal place to get a hot soak and relax enjoying the stunnung countryside or watching the stars at night. The whole complex is pretty new, very well maintained and clean.
At only 67 km of Quito it makes a perfect visit for the day and so this place is famous with travelers and people from Quito alike.
The area is often covered in mist but on a clear day you can see surrounding mountains like the Antisana. Outside the water of the hot springs it can be very cold because of the height.
In the town of Papallacta you find a few cheap hostels or at the Papallacta Terms you can sleep in the comfortable Hotel Papallacta, which has its privat spas.
There are the terms Coturpa in town, which are much more basic and therefore less expensive.