A scenic one-hour drive through Santa Rosa and Apuela will take you to Piscinas de Nangulvi. The picturesque surroundings of the hot springs make this side trip a worthwhile experience to those willing to make the journey.
Otavalo and Quito
About two hours away from Santa Rosa is the market town of Otavalo. Saturday is market day in Otavalo, a great time to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and livestock, as well as handmade textiles and crafts--such as purses and belts woven from the agave plant--that cater to the tourist trade. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, about four hours from Santa Rosa.