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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Recommended Packing List

Recommended
Packing List

• Passport
• Binoculars
• Flashlight (torch) and batteries
• Camera
• 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, etc… from rain

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Tips for your

Tips for 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 day.

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 repellent.

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 $20 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.

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