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The Antisana volcano seen from the hot spring of Papallacta
Papallacta, Ecuador on 16 October, 2011

Papallacta is a small village in Napo Province, Ecuador located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras 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 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 mammals of Papallacta have been studied in detail. The following species have been recorded in the vicinity of the village:[1]

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Coordinates: 0°22′01″S 78°07′58″W / 0.36694°S 78.13278°W / -0.36694; -78.13278