We stayed at La Casa del Suizo with a Gate 1 tour and really enjoyed it. This place is a jungle lodge, not a five star hotel, so if you're willing to forego some of the amenities you might find in a large, modern chain hotel I think you'll enjoy the feeling of being in a very remote location in the Amazon. We had to take a motorized canoe to and from the hotel and, as others have mentioned, there is a rather steep walk from the dock to the hotel. However, the views from the hotel are worth the hike. The grounds are very pretty and well maintained, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. I was worried because our room did not have air conditioning, but we were quite comfortable with the large screened in wall and ceiling fan. The room itself was spacious, but as others have mentioned there weren't lots of places to put stuff. The shower was nice and had plenty of hot water and there was space on the counter by the sink for our toiletries. There were no chairs in the room, but there was a hammock on our private porch and a couple of chairs there. We liked having our own porch and enjoyed sitting out there and listening to the sounds of the jungle. The buffet meals were fine but nothing exceptional. Others have commented about people getting sick, but we had no problems. There is a nice pool and deck area, which many of the people in our group enjoyed.
We took a tour of a native village, a trek through the jungle, and a visit to a wildlife sanctuary, all of which were arranged by the lodge. We had to take the canoes to get to and from all of these trips and were provided with boots, which we really needed. In the village we were treated to a demonstration of making a local drink and got to try our hand with blow guns. The hike in the jungle was quite difficult, not nearly as flat as advertised with muddy, slippery slopes, uneven terrain, lots of roots and vines to cross, somewhat steep climbs, etc. We were told that there were two versions of the hike, one hilly and one flat. Because of the rain only the flat tour was offered the day we were there. Again, it was definitely not flat and we left wondering what the hilly one would have been like. Despite the difficulty, we really enjoyed the hike, but we felt they should have been a little more accurate with their description. One member of our group had a lot of trouble and needed quite a bit of help from the guide. The trip to the wildlife reserve was a huge disappointment, but we did enjoy the ride over there and walking through the forest. Beware, however, that although we were told there were 100 steps, one member of our group counted 303. It's not worth the trip and steps for the animals you'll see, but it was nice to be out in the wilderness and we enjoyed being on the water on the ride over and back. The hotel also offers an adventure package with a zip-line and obstacle course which looked like fun but would have been too difficult for me, but it was not operating on the day we were there due to the rain and lack of participants. There's a video in the reception area that shows what the trip is like and I would recommend you watch it and decide if you feel you can do it before booking. We did not go to the butterfly farm.
There is a small, actually extremely small, town right outside the hotel but there is absolutely nothing worth seeing or doing there except a small internet café. Don't plan to go into town for groceries, restaurants, bars, etc., just hang around the hotel complex.
We enjoyed the feeling of being in the jungle and the hotel more than met our needs.
- Also Known As:
- La Casa Del Suizo Hotel Quito
- La Casa Del Suizo Quito