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La Casa del Suizo Lodge

La Casa del Suizo jungle lodge is located on the shore of Ecuador’s majestic Napo River at the eastern slopes of the Andean Cordillera. 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 environment. The lodge is reached from Punta Ahuano (about 1 hour drive from Tena), a tiny port on the North bank of the Napo River where canoes await for a 20-minute ride downstream to la Casa del Suizo. 

Accommodations

75 modern rooms provide full electricity, hot water and ceiling fans to make your stay comfortable. Each room has its own terrace with an exquisite view that may be peacefully appreciated from a comfortable hammock. With a magnificent panorama of the Napo River, you may also enjoy refreshing yourself in the pool, the outdoor dining area and the pool bar, which offer an array of delicious tropical drinks. The hotel’s kitchen offers a wide variety of both Ecuadorian and international dishes, and the buffets cater to vegetarians.

Activities

All excursions at La Casa del Suizo will be led by a native guide with expert knowledge of the rainforest’s medicinal, and other useful plants. A typical day begins after an early breakfast, and there are a variety of trails and activities to choose from:

Misicocha
Situated 15 minutes upstream by boat there is a private reserve of the Casa del Suizo with primary forest, which we would like to show you. At the thatch roof shelter, located a hundred meters away from the shore, paths of different lengths and difficulty levels start out (walking time from 1 1ž2 till 4 hours). Your local guide will introduce you to the secrets of the tropical rain forest. The routes lead you through picturesque creeks, some hills up and down, to a scenic viewpoint, always walking under the dark jungle canopy. Your guide explains you how the Quichuas use the large variety of plants. Their broad knowledge about the medicinal plants is impressive. After the walk we offer you a refreshing ride downstream on a raft made of balsa wood. In about 30 minutes you arrive back at the Casa del Suizo.

Cosano / AmaZoonico
A 20 minutes boatride takes you to Cosano, a private property with primary forest on the Rio Arajuno. Walks of different lengths (1 till 3 hours) lead you through the dark world of the rain forest. From two different points of view you can overlook the village Ahuano, the Rio Napo and some smaller rivers that merge with it. Your local guide explains to you the amazing world of the plants that you encounter on your walk. Afterwards you are invited to float downstream the Arajuno on a big inner tube. Don't worry, the ride is peaceful and relaxing. Also located on the Rio Arajuno is the famous animal shelter AmaZoonico. Its mission is to take care of injured or confiscated wild animals and if possible to set them free later. This is a great opportunity for our guests to observe animals living in the region, that are difficult to see in the wilderness. A 15 minutes boat ride takes you back to the Casa del Suizo.

Chicha, blowgun, ceramics, and wooden crafts.
A short boatride downstream takes you to a Quichua family living somewhat outside of the village. You will witness the production of Chicha and be invited to taste the most common drink of the region. One will explain you the blowgun, an important weapon for the people of the jungle in former times. Take the chance to have a try yourself with this difficult and special method of hunting. After a 30 minutes walk back to the village on an even road we will visit a ceramics workshop. A Quichua woman will show you the handmade production of the typical fine ceramics of the Oriente, for which they use exclusively natural materials, from there, there is another stop at the wooden craft workshop, where the artisans will demonstrate how a peace of wood can be turned in to a beautiful bird.

Isla
You will cross the river to the island vis-a-vis. The path is even and the walk will last between one and two hours. Your guide explains to you the local agriculture: manioc (local name Yuca), bananas, cocoa, coffee, various herbs and tubers, mostly planted and sometimes growing wild.

Amazoonico
Just across the river from La Casa del Suizo is Amazoonico, a rescue center for wounded and displaced tropical rainforest animals. Here it is possible to see coatis, tapirs, and several species of monkey, snakes, and a variety of birds, many of which wander around freely! Entrance into this center is approximately $2.5 USD.

The butterfly farm
At about 15 minutes walk from La Casa del Suizo, you’ll find our butterfly farm. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 20 local butterfly species! Guests will be shown how these beautiful insects are bred and raised, and later be free to wander through the “flying room” , where hundreds of colorful butterflies  including spectacular blue morphs flutter from flower to flower. Entrance fee USD 4.00 subject to change without notice.



Optional Excursions
Kayaking
La Casa del Suizo has aquired river kayaks, and we are offering, haf day and ful day programs on rivers class one and two. This programs are avilable for children 12 years old and up. Please  note that these programs  are not included in our all inclusive programs, and must be reserved in advance.

River Rafting
With advance notice it is possible to arrange a full day of river rafting, either on the upper Napo River (class III) or the Misahuallí River (class IV – IV+). Rafting trips are not operated by La Casa del Suizo, they are contracted with a local operator and  led by experienced bilingual guides with top-of-the-line equipment, and include a riverside lunch. These excursions begin in Tena, at about 45 minutes from La Casa del Suizo, for more information and price please contact us.

(All itineraries are organized according to your interest and the climatic/seasonal conditions - please find an example itinerary below)


Contact Ecuador Travel Prices 2017 per person

Double/ triple/quadruple 145.00
Simple 181.00
Childs 100

Included in the price:
Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Visits and excursions
Meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
Spanish native Guide

Not included in the price
Private transportation from/to Quito
Canoe from/to Lodge ( US$ 25)
Binoculars
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Personal items
Travel insurance
Entrance fee AmaZoonico (US$ 2.5 per person)
Entrance fee Mariposario (US$ 4 per person)         

Taxes
Everything that has not been included in the program

Included:
Private transportation from/to Quito with Spanish speaking guide accompanied by English-speaking translator (or English speaking guide)
Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Visits and excursions with English speaking guide
Meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
Taxes

Not included in the price
Single supplement
Binoculars
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Personal items
Travel insurance
Entrance fee Amazoonico (US$ 2.5 per person)
Entrance fee Mariposario (US$ 4 per person)
Everything that has not been included in the program

La Casa del Suizo Lodge sample itinerary:
Day 01:
Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon. Make yourself comfortable in your rustic bungalow and relax the exquisite view on the surrounding rainforest which may be peacefully absorbed from the privacy of one's own terrace before you you on your first excursion. At about 15 minutes walk from La Casa del Suizo, you’ll find our butterfly farm. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 20 local butterfly species! Guests will be shown how these beautiful insects are bred and raised, and later be free to wander through the “flying room” , where hundreds of colorful butterflies  including spectacular blue morphs flutter from flower to flower. Entrance fee USD 4.00 subject to change without notice. With a magnificent panorama of the Napo, you can enjoy dinner at the outdoor dining area and an (optional) drink at the pool bar. The hotel's kitchen offers a wide variety of both Ecuadorian and international dishes, and the buffets cater to vegetarians. D

Day 02:
In the morning a 20 minutes boatride takes you to Cosano, a private property with primary forest on the Rio Arajuno. Walks of different lengths (1 till 3 hours) lead you through the dark world of the rain forest. From two different points of view you can overlook the village Ahuano, the Rio Napo and some smaller rivers that merge with it. Your local guide explains to you the amazing world of the plants that you encounter on your walk. Afterwards you are invited to float downstream the Arajuno on a big inner tube. Don't worry, the ride is peaceful and relaxing. Also located on the Rio Arajuno is the famous animal shelter AmaZoonico. Its mission is to take care of injured or confiscated wild animals and if possible to set them free later. This is a great opportunity for our guests to observe animals living in the region, that are difficult to see in the wilderness. A 15 minutes boat ride takes you back to the Casa del Suizo for lunch. In the afternoon you will cross the river to the island vis-a-vis. The path is even and the walk will last between one and two hours. Your guide explains to you the local agriculture: manioc (local name Yuca), bananas, cocoa, coffee, various herbs and tubers, mostly planted and sometimes growing wild. B/L/D

Day 03:
Situated 15 minutes upstream by boat there is a private reserve of the Casa del Suizo with primary forest, which we would like to show you. At the thatch roof shelter, located a hundred meters away from the shore, paths of different lengths and difficulty levels start out (walking time from 1.5 to 4 hours). Your local guide will introduce you to the secrets of the tropical rain forest. The routes lead you through picturesque creeks, some hills up and down, to a scenic viewpoint, always walking under the dark jungle canopy. Your guide explains you how the Quichuas use the large variety of plants. Their broad knowledge about the medicinal plants is impressive. After the walk you return in about 30 minutes back to La Casa del Suizo Lodge. In the afternoon a short boatride downstream takes you to a Quichua family living somewhat outside of the village. You will witness the production of Chicha and be invited to taste the most common drink of the region. One will explain you the blowgun, an important weapon for the people of the jungle in former times. Take the chance to have a try yourself with this difficult and special method of hunting. After a 30 minutes walk back to the village on an even road we will visit a ceramics workshop. A Quichua woman will show you the handmade production of the typical fine ceramics of the Oriente, for which they use exclusively natural materials, from there, there is another stop at the wooden craft workshop, where the artisans will demonstrate how a peace of wood can be turned in to a beautiful bird. B/L/D

Day 04:
After breakfast, the programs ends and you continue your travel.

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.

Tips to help you plan your trip

Health
It is always advisable to consult your physician about health measures and vaccinations before traveling to a foreign country. Although tropical diseases are rare around La Casa del Suizo, during your stay in Ecuador you may pass through areas of slightly higher risk. Please take any medication you may need with you, as the selection of medicines in our first-aid kit is very limited.

Emergency Communication
La Casa del Suizo now has direct radio contact with Quito, as well as permanent telephone communication. In case of a medical emergency, there is a medical center in the town of Ahuano (adjacent to La Casa del Suizo) where guests may be treated.

Weather
In the tropical rainforest it is best to be prepared for all kinds of weather. A common question we receive is about the “dry and rainy seasons” of the Amazon, but it is best not to trust such generalizations to plan a trip. At times it can be hot and sunny, but a cool rainstorm may appear at a moment’s notice during any time of the year.
We have ceiling fans in each room for hot afternoons, but at night (especially after the rain) some guests are surprised at the need for a sweatshirt!

Clothing
Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.
During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. We supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior. Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for around the hotel during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!

Laundry
La Casa del Suizo now provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please consult costs with our hotel administrator.

Bar
Drinks are not included in your package, and may be paid on the last night of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars), traveler checks or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Please note that the minimum charge for credit cards is $50 US.

Water
All of the water at La Casa del Suizo comes from a local well, and is perfectly safe for bathing, washing, and brushing your teeth. Bottled water for drinking is available at the bar.

Meal Requirements
Our chef will be more than happy to prepare vegetarian meals for you upon request. Please make sure to advise your travel agent of any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have, and also let our staff know as soon as you arrive.

Photography
High-speed film and a flash for cameras are recommendable for shady walks under the forest canopy. However, slower film is fine for photos on rivers and around the hotel.

Recommended Packing List:
Passport
Binoculars
Flashlight (torch) and batteries
Camera, film, and flash
Insect repellent
Sun protection (sun cream / sunglasses / hat or cap)
Water bottle
Lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts for walks
Shorts and short sleeves for around the hotel
Bathing suit
Comfortable shoes and extra socks
Small day pack
Rain jacket/poncho

Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film, etc... from rain


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