Frequently Asked Questions
It is always advisable to consult your physician about health measures and vaccinations before traveling to a foreign country. Although La Casa del Suizo is well-isolated from local populations and tropical diseases are extremely rare here, during your stay in Ecuador you may pass through areas of slightly higher risk.
Please note that your trip to Casa del Suizo will bring you from Quito, which is located at almost 9000 feet (2850 meters) above sea level, to the lowland tropical rainforest region at less than 900 feet (300 meters) above sea level. Please take any medication you may need with you, as the selection of medicines in our first-aid kit is limited.
In case of emergency, both cellular telephone and radio communications are available from Casa del Suizo. In addition, each of our guides maintains permanent radio contact with the Lodge during all excursions and activities.
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.
At all times we have five staff members on duty patrolling of our reserve as park rangers to keep both the lodge and the surrounding environment safe.
Anyone can enjoy Casa del Suizo Lodge, regardless of physical ability or challenges. Much is wheelchair friendly and accessible, while there are a host of activities that can be undertaken without the need to stand or walk.
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.
Casa del Suizo is ideal for groups wishing to explore to Amazon! Contact us for more details.
For the ride to Casa del Suizo our canoe is covered against sun and rain, but a light jacket can be useful for the wind and spray. Be sure to wear sun protection, as the sun’s reflection off the water can sometimes cause a burn. All suitcases will be placed in waterproof bags for the trip down the Napo River, for protection against spray and rain.
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!
Casa del Suizo provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please consult costs with our administrator.
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. These are available to buy in our shop. We also 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 walking around Casa del Suizo during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!
• Flashlight 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, short sleeve shirts and bathing suit for the lodge
• Comfortable shoes and extra socks
• Small day pack
• Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film, etc… from rain
Internet connections are available in the open areas of Casa del Suizo, at no extra cost.
Drinks are not included in your package, and may be paid on the last night of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars), traveller checks or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).
In your shower you will find dispensers of biodegradable soap and shampoo. Although all runoff water is treated with ozone, we recommend the use of these amenities as an extra measure to protect the environment. You will also be provided with fresh towels each day.
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.