Papallacta Lakes Hike

From $130 per person

Today’s hike takes us through the high Andean grasslands of Papallacta, a beautiful region scattered with paramo lakes and elfin forests. A welcome dip in the local hot springs is included at the end of the day.

  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Total Duration: 7 hours
  • Hike Duration: 4 hours (10km)
  • Highlights: Papallacta High Grasslands & Lakes, Antisana Volcano, Elfin Forests, Hot Springs
Papallacta highland lake in Andes mountains with grasses in the foreground and clouds rolling in.


This morning we travel from Quito for around 1.5 hours to the Papallacta region of Ecuador. Passing the continental divide, we cross into the high Eastern Andes.

Today's walk explores the beautiful glacial landscapes around Papallacta, passing mountain lagoons and discovering elfin forests where we can learn more about the distinct flora & fauna of this region.

Our in-and-out route begins with 20 minutes of climbing along a dust road from 3700m – 3850m. We then take a paramo trail which has moderate ups and downs for around 1 hour before our final climb up to 4000m where we reach the striking Laguna de Anteojos. From here we return the way we came.

Amazing views – look out for the snow-capped Antisana Volcano at the beginning of the hike.

Picnic lunch included. (10km – 4 hours)

Later we can enjoy a well-deserved soak in the thermal waters of the local hot springs before returning to Quito.


Prices 2024

2 people
$196 p/p
3 - 4 people
$151 p/p
5 - 6 people
$130 p/p

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist hiking guide, picnic lunch, entry fee to the local hot springs.

Not included:
Tips and personal expenses

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2024.
This tour begins and ends in the city of Quito. For pick up / drop off in Quito airport extra charges will apply.

Hiking in the Papallacta páramo past highland lakes
Highland Lake in the Papallacta region
Papallacta Lakes Hike
Hiking in the Paramos of Papallacta in Ecuador
Relaxing in thermal waters of Papallacta Hot Springs