LA CASA DEL SUIZO
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.
La Casa del Suizo is accessible by road and river, beginning in Ecuador`s capital city, Quito. During the drive down the mountain, in one morning, the scenery magically transforms from the Andes snow-covered peaks into the lush rainforest of the Amazon. At the end of the road, in the town of Punta Ahuano, a canoe awaits for a 15- minute trip down the Napo River to your final destination.
Here one can enjoy the natural wonders of a 300-hectare (750-acre) private reserve, as well as the cultural treasures of Ahuano, located within walking distance. And with all the comforts of home!
- Native Guide
- All meals
Does not include
- Tickets to the park
AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES – LA CASA DEL SUIZO
- Trekking in the Jungle
- Canopy Adventure Park
- Butterfly House
- Caiman Spotting
Explore incredible primary forest in Misicocha or Cosano, La Casa del Suizo’s private reserve, reached by a short canoe ride. Here, there are a number of walks (with varying levels of difficulty) that can last anywhere from an hour-and-a- half all the way up to four hours, taking you through thick and humid jungle, crossing muddy paths and encountering all sorts of wildlife. All the while your local guide will introduce you to all the hidden secrets and wonders of the jungle.
Follow in the footsteps of Francisco de Orellana – the Spanish discoverer of the River Amazon – himself as you build your own raft, known as a balsa, using the same technique indigenous communities have for centuries, and still use to this day. Once you’ve lashed together your ‘vessel’ of balsa wood logs and lengths of rope, it’s time to take it to the water, paddling leisurely downstream – and hopefully staying afloat. Your guides will accompany you each step of the adventure, along with your motorized canoe.
Floating down the Napo River, gazing at the sky and the tree-lined banks, your bottom firmly wedged into a rubber ring and grazing the surface of the water, you would be forgiven for thinking you had drifted into an Amazon dream land. In this activity, a guide will accompany you in a motorized canoe and will pick you up at the end of the run.
To up the adventure factor on your trek through Misicocha, try out the tarabita. Found in the depths of our private reserve, the basket-like cable car for one person swings you a short distance from one part of the forest to another, like a mechanised Tarzan! A guide waits at both ends to oversee your safe departure and arrival.
Make like a monkey swinging from the tree tops at the Canopy Adventure Park, where zip-lines for almost all ages have you whizzing with joy through foliage and across the jungle floor. Our experienced guides and premium materials ensure that it’s an entirely safe experience, and with the Edelrid Smart Belay system you’re always snapped onto the line by at least one point. An Extra charges applies.
Discover the secret nooks, crannies and rapids of the Napo River and its tributaries at your own pace on this thrilling voyage, accompanied by experienced kayaking and safety professionals. Ages 12 and up.
Extra charges applies.
This rafting takes place in the rivers of Jatunyaku or Anzu, beginning in the town of Tena (La Casa del Suizo can arrange transport there for an additional fee). After being fitted with a life-jacket and helmet safety and paddling practice it’s off onto the jungle waters for a day that contrasts furious paddling down fun, bouncy rapids and moments of quiet contemplation of the beauty of the passing jungle.An extra charge applies.
This living exhibition of local butterflies currently houses and serves as the mating ground for nearly 20 species from the surrounding areas. You’ll be able to observe and examine how these beautiful creatures are fed, raised and undergo metamorphosis. In addition, you’ll have the chance to enter our “winged room” where hundreds of butterflies, in a multitude of colours, flutter about.Extra charges applies.
You’ll never get closer to ocelot or tapir than you will at AmaZoonico, a rescue sanctuary for Amazon creatures. Led by volunteer guides, you’ll hear the incredible and sometimes tragic stories of the residents of the centre, from caiman to macaws and everything in between, who struggled to readapt to the wild after they were taken by poachers, sold on the black market, and forced to live domestic lives. By visiting AmaZoonico you are helping to guarantee the protection of these creatures.Extra charges apply.
The first thing you see is the ripple in the water, before a pair of be-spectacled eyes rises from the murky depths and stares into your own. Before long more and more pairs pop up: the family of caiman have arrived. While safely positioned on a wooden jetty, your guide will summon the reptiles with some meat and you are free to observe the group, sometimes of around 15, ranging for full-sized father to weeks’ old baby.