CASA DEL SUIZO LODGE

Satiate your curiosity for the Amazon rainforest, learn new things and most importantly, have fun and relax with friends and family in one of the most established jungle lodges in Ecuador. Each day on the Napo River promises new adventure: the monkeys you spot out on the way to activities, the local community you witness; and the raft you build with your own hands. As the sun sets over La Casa del Suizo head to the swimming pool to gaze at the stunning jungle view, relaxing into the night.

It’s easy to forget how close you are to civilisation when surrounded by the perfect wilderness of the Napo River, the Amazon’s largest and most powerful tributary, and its lush, tropical forests. But La Casa del Suizo is accessible by car or bus (with a secure carpark to leave your vehicle) around three and a half hours from Quito, followed by an easy 20-minute ride on motorized canoe.

ACCOMMODATION:
Leisurely awaken to the calls of tropical birds and the rush of the majestic Napo River in our 77 peaceful rooms, each with its own terrace and hammocks to take in exquisite river and jungle views in private. Full electricity (including numerous power outlets), ceiling fan and 24-hour hot water ensure the most comfortable of stays.

THE SWIMMING POOL:
The word “TROPICAL” Doesn’t only apply to caribbean beaches
Discover what it means here in the Amazon when you take a dip in the swimming pool after your day’s adventures, watching the setting sun turn the sky all shades of pink over the river and lush forests, swapping stories with friends and family.

THE BAR:
Indulge you and your friends with our signature drinks
End the day with an ice-cold craft beer, crisp white wine or fluffy piña colada at our well-stocked bar manned by expert mixologists, sitting back in the homey lounge or river-view seating. Please note that drinks are not included in your package.

SAVOUR:
Dishing up
Indulge your holiday appetites or fuel up for an action-packed day with popular international and Ecuadorian dishes as well as soups, salads and desserts in our colourful and varied breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Vegetarian and allergy-free options are available in our open-fronted restaurants with views over the pool and river.

ACTIVITIES:

TREKKING IN THE JUNGLE:
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.

BALSA:
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.

TUBING:
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.

TARABITA:
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.

CANOPY ADVENTURE PARK:
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.
Extra charges apply.

KAYAKING:
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 apply.

NATURE: COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE AWE-INSPIRING WILDLIFE OF THE AMAZONBUTTERFLY HOUSE:
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 apply.

AMAZOONICO:
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.

NATURE WALKS:
Explore incredible primary forest in Misicocha, 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.

CAIMAN SPOTTING:
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.

NATURE: DOING NOTHING STILL COUNTS AS DOING SOMETHING ON HOLIDAY!

SWIMMING POOL:
The pool, which is great for children and adults alike, is open from 6 A.M. until 9 P.M. and deck chairs and seating areas are available for relaxing in the Amazonian sunshine.

MASSAGES:
Take a moment for yourself to indulge in a relaxing or invigorating massage, taking advantage of the expertise of our staff in reflexology, lymphatic drainage and hot stone techniques. Return from your vacation glowing like a firefly with specialist skin treatments.
Extra charges apply. Please book in advance to guarantee your massage.

PROGRAMS

Each day at La Casa del Suizo, we participate in several morning, afternoon and full day activities. These programs will begin after an early breakfast, and are led by both native and bilingual guides.

THE TASTE OF AMAZON LIFE PROGRAM 

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Discover the shifting landscapes from the Quito to the Amazon in this three-day adventure, exploring the rivers and rainforests of the Napo River and the wildlife they harbour.

DAY 1:
The first stage of our journey takes us to Papallacta, a small mountain town famous for its natural hot springs. Arriving between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We will take time to visit these springs and enjoy a relaxing bath in their steaming hot springs, before lunch at the Hotel Termas de Papallacta. Shortly after noon, we continue our route along a scenic stretch of highway that takes us out of the majestic highlands of the Andes and into the "Oriente", or Amazon region. Along the way there are several photo opportunities, overlooking lush green valleys and glistening waterfalls. The road ends in Punta Ahuano, a small port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where the canoes wait for a 15-minute ride to the Casa del Suizo. We arrived with time to settle in and enjoy the sunset from the pool with a welcome cocktail.
DAY 2:
We start the day with an early breakfast. Walking through paths of primary and secondary forests, we can observe different species of birds and insects, as well as a great variety of trees and medicinal plants. The guides explain how plants are used not only in medicine, but also in construction and in the midst of local activities. Along the way, there are several Opportunities to add to the adventure factor, with suspension bridges and tree vines to swing like Tarzan.

Let's experience the true adventure of the explorers of the past, building and rafting! On a little island river, our guide shows us how to tie the raft logs with a rope to form a "boat", so that those who wish, can float on the Napo for approximately one hour, from return to La Casa del Suizo. The duration of this visit is around 4 hours.

Lunch at La Casa del Suizo, followed by a visit to "La Isla": a one-hour walk around a totally flat river island where we can observe a great variety of plants and insects. Later we visit the Butterfly House (House of Butterflies) where we witness the incredible life cycles of butterflies
DAY 3: 
After a delicious breakfast, we start the journey back to the mountains and the city. On the way we will make a stop in Baeza where we will enjoy a delicious and typical Amazonian lunch. On the way we will make a stop to visit Guango Lodge where we can enjoy observing several species of hummingbirds, without a doubt an unmissable visit for lovers of this species of birds. After this visit we will take the road to Quito our last stop.

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GO DEEPER INTO THE JUNGLE PROGRAM 

4 DAYS / 3NIGHTS

Trek, paddle and swing through the lush, primary rainforest which surrounds La Casa del Suizo, led by our native guides who possess vast knowledge of the diverse local fauna and flora.

DAY 1: 
The first leg of our journey takes us to Papallacta, a small mountain town famous for its natural hot springs. Arriving between 10:00 and 10:30, we take some time to visit these springs for a relaxing bath in their steaming hot springs, before lunch at Hotel Papallacta. Shortly after noon, we continue our route along a picturesque stretch of road that takes us out of the majestic Andean highlands and down into the "Oriente", or Amazon region. Along the way there are several photo opportunities, overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls.
DAY 2: 
After breakfast we board a dugout canoe and navigate
20 minutes down the scenic Napo River. The destination is Cosano, where during a two-hour walk through primary rainforest we are going to lookout for tropical birds and interesting vegetation.
Just across the river from La Casa del Suizo is AmaZOOnico, a rescue centre for wounded and displaced tropical rainforest animals. 
Here we can see coatis, tapirs, and several species of monkey, snakes, and a variety of colourful birds, many of which wander around freely. Lunch at La Casa del Suizo. Mid-afternoon, we continue on to the village of Ahuano, where we learn about traditional Quichua culture. A local host shows us how to make chicha, a typical beverage (tasting optional!), and demonstrates the spiritual cleansing rituals still practiced today throughout the surrounding community. Finally, we participate in a blowgun target-shooting contest – but don’t expect to beat the natives 
DAY 3: 
We start the day with an early breakfast. Walking through paths of primary and secondary forests, we can observe different species of birds and insects, as well as a great variety of trees and medicinal plants. The guides explain how plants are used not only in medicine, but also in construction and in the midst of local activities. Along the way, there are several opportunities to add to the adventure factor, with suspension bridges and tree vines to swing like Tarzan.

Let's experience the true adventure of the explorers of the last, building and rafting! On a little island river, our guide shows us how to tie the raft logs with a rope to form a "boat", so that those who wish, can float on the Napo for approximately one hour, from return to La Casa del Suizo. The duration of this visit is around 4 hours. Lunch at La Casa del Suizo, followed by a visit to "La Isla": a one-hour walk around a totally flat river island where we can observe a great variety of plants and insects. Later we visit the Butterfly House (Butterfly House) where we witness the incredible life cycles of butterflies.
DAY 4:
After a delicious breakfast, we start the journey back to the mountains and the city. On the way we will make a stop in Baeza where we will enjoy a delicious and typical Amazonian lunch. On the way we will make a stop to visit Guango Lodge where we can enjoy observing several species of hummingbirds, without a doubt an unmissable visit for lovers of this species of birds. After this visit we will take the road to Quito our last stop.

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RATES PACKAGES ALL INCLUSIVE 2022 

All rates are per person.

PROGRAM ACCOMMODATION DOUBLE StandarD
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS DOUBLE/TRIPLE $752
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS DOUBLE/TRIPLE $1119
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 INCLUDED 

  • Transport Quito to the Lodge
  • Accommodation
  • All meals according to program
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide.
  • Excursion  according to program
  • Entrance fee to Guango Lodge (Hummingbirds Viewpoint)
  • Entry and exit canoes from the lodge
  • Entrance to Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Entrance to the butterfly house

 NOT INCLUDED 

  • Entrance fee to the Amazoonico
  • Alligator sighting tickets $1.00 and otrer activities availables
  • Drinks, tips, internet, laundry and any other unspecified requirements.

RATES PER NIGHT 2022 

All rates are per person.

PROGRAM ACCOMMODATION DOUBLE StandarD
1 NIGHT PER ADULT DOUBLE/TRIPLE $145.00
1 NIGHT PER CHILD DOUBLE/TRIPLE $101.50
1 NIGHT PER ADULT SINGLE $181.00
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 INCLUDED 

  • Accommodation
  • All meals according to program
  • Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide.
  • Excursion  according to program

 NOT INCLUDED 

  • Transport Quito to the Lodge
  • Entry and exit canoes from the lodge ($25 USD) 
  • Alligator sighting tickets $1.00 - pottery $1.00 and $3.00 butterfly garden
  • Drinks, tips, internet, laundry and any other unspecified requirements.

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