Casa del Suizo is a tranquil Amazonian refuge located on the shore of Ecuador´s majestic Napo River, and a stone´s throw away from the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. Perched comfortably above the riverbank and the small Quechua Indian village of Ahuano, La Casa del Suizo overlooks vast expanses of the surrounding tropical rainforest enviroment. It has a capacity for 200 guests in a familiar enviroment. La Casa del Suizo offers comfortables rooms for 2, 3, or 4 people with private bathroom, hot water, fan and electric light 24 hours/day.
There are two routes to get to La Casa del Suizo, if departing from Quito, Ecuador's capital, take the North Route, if coming from the South of Ecuador take the South Rote:
The north route: The shortest route coming from Quito to La Casa del Suizo is the "North Route". Over land, along a scenic stretch of road, which takes us out of the majestic Andes highlands, Quito – Papallacta – Baeza – Tena - Ahuano and down into the jungle.
The south route: It is also by road taking the "South Route" Quito – Ambato – Banos – Puyo – Ahuano. If coming from Quito it is a 360 Km long, and it can take up to 7 hours.
Be it the North or the South routes, our destination is Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the North bank of the Napo River where canoes await for a 20-minute ride downstream to la Casa del Suizo.
All the excrusions at Casa del Suizo are led by a native guide with expert knowledge of the rainforest´s medicinal and other usefull plants.
CHICHA, CERAMICS AND WOODEN CRAFTS: A short boatride downstream takes you to a Quichua family living outside of the village, where you can find diffrerent kind of handycrafts.
MISICOCHA: Situated 15 minutes upstream by boat La Casa del Suizo has a private reserve with a primary forest.
RIVER RAFTING: With advanced notice it is possible to arrange a full day of river rafting, eigther on the upper Napo River or the Misahualli river.
BUTTERFLY FARM: Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding about 20 local butterfly species.
ROOMS: 75 modern rooms provide full electricity, hot water and ceiling fans to make your stay more comfortable.
RESTAURANT: Drinks are not included in your package, my be paid in the last nigth of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars), traveller checks or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express). Minimun charge for credit is 20 dollars.
COMMUNICATION: Casa del Suizo has direct radio contact with Quito, as well as permanent telephone communication.
In case of a minor medical need, there is a medical center in the twon of Ahuano where guests may be treated. For emergencies, there is a well equipped regional hospital