RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST
• 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
Accommodation in Casa del Suizo in base the double accommodation
All the meals like a buffet (Begins with lunch and finish with dinner)
Two excursions per day
IT DOESN’T INCLUDED:
English speaking guide
Transportation by canoa USD$25.00 (for the all the person)
La 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 Quichua Indian village of Ahuano, La Casa del Suizo overlooks vast expanses of the surrounding tropical rainforest environment.
In addition to our comfortable accommodations, la Casa Del Suizo’s property includes 1500 acres of pristine vegetation for our guests to explore, whether walking on our jungle trails or visiting the neigh boring village, our activities offer a unique and incredible opportunity to experience the culture, nature and wildlife of the Amazon yourself!
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: Walks may range from full day hikes through primary rainforest to short, easy walk along river islands, depending on each group’s interests and physical abilities. Most outings begin with a short canoe ride along the Napo River or one of its many tributaries, during which it is possible to observe a variety of shore birds on the way to our trails. Once in the forest, where giant trees and tangled vines tower above, the guides will point out important aspects of the vegetation while on the lookout for tropical birds and other jungle creatures… Stay alert and you may find some yourself!
On one trail, our native guides have built model hunting traps to represent those traditionally used by the local people in the past. But this is only one aspect of the Quichua culture you may learn about here: There will be opportunity to visit with a local Quichua Indian family as well, whose garden contains many medicinal plants still commonly used today. They will explain how such plants are used, and demonstrate other aspects of their traditional culture such as the spiritual cleaning rituals still practiced today throughout the surrounding community. Learn how to make chicha, a typical beverage (which of course all may taste), and finally, all may participate in a blowgun target-shooting contest – but don’t expect to beat the natives!
On a small river island your guide will show you how to tie balsa logs together, so those who wish can float down the Napo back to La Casa del Suizo! We even have inner tubes for those who wish to take a refreshing, wet ride down this magnificent Amazon tributary.
For those in the mood for more serene activities, it is possible to visit an artisan in the village of Ahuano, who will demonstrate how the traditional Quichua ceramics are created, painted, and hardened. And for birdwatchers? Over 300 species have been registered during La Casa del Suizo’s activities, and bird guides are available upon request… Just be sure let us know in advance!
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, several species of monkey, snakes, and a variety of birds, many of which wander around freely! Entrance into this center is approximately $2 USD.
TIPS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP
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.
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.
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!
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!
La Casa del Suizo now provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please consult costs with our hotel administrator.
Drinks are not included in your package, and may be paid on the last night of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars), travelers checks or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Please note that the minimum charge for credit cards is $50 US.
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.
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.
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.
We recommend you for visiting “Casa del Suizo “ 3 days / 2 nights