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Perched comfortably above the riverbank and the small Quechua Indian village of Ahuano, La Casa del Suizo sits overlooking the vast and beautiful expanse of surrounding tropical rainforest. It is here that travelers from all parts of the world arrive to experience what is undoubtedly one of the most precious and ecologically-diverse pieces of our planet. Come take a tour of the wonders that reside in and around Casa del Suizo while enjoying the comfort of our accommodations and facilities!

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History

History

Casa del Suizo was founded by Arnold Ammeter, otherwise known by his friends as “Beni.” Hailing from Interlaken, Switzerland, Beni arrived at Ahuano (in the Napo province) in 1985 with his two daughters – ages 14 and 12 – with a high level of interest in finding new horizons and starting a new life. In time, Beni bought several pieces of land right on the Napo River in Punta Ahuano where he began a number of startups – a convenience store and the production of cacao, coffee and gold – while nurturing his dream of having a hotel one day.

It happens that just beyond that exact spot of the Napo River where Beni chose to settle there was dangerous whirlpool that the locals preferred to avoid, and thus Beni’s newly established convenience store was in a crucial location that was capable of providing goods to the locals while freeing them from having to cross the whirlpool. As the business grew, so did Beni’s clientele; eventually leading him to do business with nearby towns like Misahualli and Tena. As a result of this, and with his influx of income, Beni’s dream finally came to fruition – the creation of his first hotel on the shores of the Napo River began.

It started in 1986 with just three rooms located on the upper part of the convenience store itself, all of which shared a bathroom. During this time, transportation by land was quite limited and a lot of people traveled by boat along the area. Those headed for Misahualli to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), or vice-versa, often stopped by la “Casa de Beni” (or as it later came to be known: Casa del Suizo) to spend the night – a convenience that helped many of them avoid having to the deal with the dreaded whirlpool after sunset. Beni himself would cook for his guests while his daughters, who studied in Ahuano, helped him out after school.

In 1987, a powerful earthquake shook the region and a number of the roads were destroyed and closed. Beni took the initiative to buy a fleet of large canoes and began offering transport service for people in and around the affected areas. He also helped oil companies mobilize their employees and equipment to and from the jungle during this time. Thanks to Beni’s decision to do so, his hotel business continued to grow well into the 90’s, by which point he had 30 rooms. In 1994, he finished the construction of the hotel which by then included 75 rooms, 1 pool and a large restaurant.

La Casa del Suizo is proud to be one of the biggest employers in the entire province, generating over 80 on-site jobs and 40 off-site jobs.

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Testimonials

Testimonials

“Amazon Paradise”

I stayed at La Casa del Suizo for two nights on a Gate1 tour. It was the best part of the trip. The rooms are large with modern amenities, but no TV, phone, or Internet, which is actually great. A screen separates the room from the balcony so that you can hear the birds from the inside. The balcony has a hammock and great view of the river and jungle. The resort has beautiful flowers and plants. An open restaurant is next to a nice size pool. They serve buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is good. The staff are attentive and courteous. The jungle guides are excellent. This was a memorable stay in an Amazon paradise.

- Stayed January 2014, traveled solo

“Amazing”

This place was beautiful. We had to travel by small boats on the Napo River to get here. The cabins were clean and had electricity but no AC. The windows had screens but no glass so we could hear the sounds of nature all night long. The meals were always nicely prepared and presented but I wish we could have tried more traditional fare as well. We went with local tour guides to visit nearby communities as well as hike through the jungle and raft down the Napo. I really had a great time. The staff was accommodating and friendly and made our stay really memorable. I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone.

- Stayed October 2013, traveled with family

“Fabulous”

First..the staff and guides are super! The rooms are very large, comfortable. Loved the 20 min. canoe ride to the lodge. The hike was great…somewhat strenuous …they supply knee high rubber boots for hiking….take socks and insect repellent, and rain ponchos…but if you forget them, they have a shop that sells everything you’ll need (cheap)! The pool was clean and warm, very relaxing!

- Stayed November 2013

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Getting There

Getting There

There are two routes that will get you to La Casa del Suizo. If you are departing from Quito, you’ll need to take the Northern Route. If you are heading up from the South of Ecuador, you’ll need to take the Southern Route.

The Northern Route: This is shortest route available when heading from Quito to La Casa del Suizo. Located along a scenic stretch of road, this journey will lead you out of the majestic highlands of Quito down into the jungle region, passing through: Papallacta – Baeza – Tena – Ahuano. This route is 220 Km long, and during the trip there are several opportunities to stop for photographs of the green valleys below along with sparkling waterfalls.

The Southern Route: Taking the “Southern Route” is the longest but goes past several interesting cities: Quito – Ambato – Baños – Puyo – Ahuano. It is a 360 Km long drive, and it can take up to 7-hours. If coming from Southern Ecuador this is definitely the best option.

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Either way, the final destination is Punta Ahuano – a tiny port town on the Northern banks of the Napo River, where canoes await to take you on a 20-minute ride downstream to la Casa del Suizo.

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