Papallacta is dusty little town known for its relaxing hot springs and deliciously fresh trout. Itâ€™s located about three kilometers (1.9 mi) off the main road an hour and a half east of Quito on the road to Tena. Just before the main entrance to the pools, there is a luxury hotel and spa with private hot springs. Otherwise, you can pay less than half the cost of the private hot springs to use the public ones, which are also very nice and well-kept, though more crowded. Within walking distance there is a handful of restaurants serving cheap plates of fish or meat and some cheap hostels.