Set in the Oyacachi-Cayambe national reserve, Oyacachi itself is in the centre of an enormous bowl, surrounded by enormous mountainous peaks, covered with unusual vegetation.
A tour to Oyacachi must provide you with one of the most incredible places in the world in which to bathe in hot springs. As you relax in the water-pools range from tepid through to hot-one cannot help but relax and soak up the sights and sounds of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Oyacachi is a fascinating hybrid of a traditional Andean town and a jungle town due to its unique positioning on the way to the jungle, with Andean costume prevalent but wooden homes, much more typical of tropical rainforest climates. After relaxing in one of the hot pools, try and exhilarating plunge into the icy-cold river running alongside the springs-this will improve your circulation, if nothing else.
Oyacachi is well and truly off the beaten tourist trail, and it is unusual to see other tourists on tours to Oyacachi. Oyacachi is not as polished as Papallacta hot springs, so please be aware of that when booking. Please note that this trip is best combined with an overnight stay, perhaps at Hacienda Guachala, as the town itself has few services.