Ecuador 2017 Day #17

August 27

By: Andrew 

Last night was the last night sleeping in a tent. Yahoo! Now we are off to the Papallacta Hot Springs. We got up at 6:30 a.m. to pack up the tents. Because of the humidity the tents were too wet to pack, so we set them aside to dry. We put away everything that had to do with the tents like the foam mattresses, the tiny sleeping bags, and the plastic the tents were on. We made sure all of our stuff was packed up and ready to go, then we ate breakfast which consisted of oatmeal, yogurt and buns. We went to pack the tents up. The tents probably took 20 minutes to put away because the bags were ridiculously small and the poles wouldn’t come out of the tent, but we managed and we were ready to leave, all we had to do was say our goodbyes. After the goodbyes were said we all hopped on the bus and headed for the hot springs. We arrived around 11, got our bracelets that gave us access to the hot springs and went for lunch. After our lunch of pizza, we all headed back to the resort. It was around 12:30 and we couldn’t check in until 3:00, so we had some time to kill. Some people decided to go for a hike, and the rest of us chose to hit the hot springs. Eric, Kyle, Matt, Chelsea, Cedar, Sierra and I went and enjoyed hot water for the first time this trip! After enjoying the hot water, we went and checked into our rooms. The rooms were amazing with 2 floors, 6 beds, 2 bathrooms with HOT showers, and a living room type space. Right outside our door we have 3 private hot spring pools for the 7 cabanas in our area. We unpacked a little bit then immediately went to take advantage of our amazing out door area. 6:00 p.m. rolled around way too quick and it was time for supper. We found this cool restaurant and ordered a variety of foods that included trout, chicken, shrimp with rice and of course, pizza. Pretty soon most people had eaten and left and just a couple of us were there without food! Eventually we got our food which was very good and headed back to our resort. I came back to everyone enjoying the pools and I was really excited to get back into the pools. I quickly went to go get changed so I could get as much hot springs time as possible. What a great way to kick off our tourist part of the trip.