Here is today’s Fun Photo Friday gallery of Ahuano and Casa del Suiza favorites (click on any image to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show):
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The trek into Ahuano isn’t a long one, and not all the streets are unpaved (see next photo), but the climate is hot and humid, and walking around may be a bit of challenge if you’re not used to it. Drink lots a fluids, and stop occasionally to peer into some of the shops.
Here is a gallery of some of the sights around Ahuano, including the local church:
You’d be hard pressed looking at the photos below of la Casa del Suizo to place this resort anywhere beyond a major resort area in the Caribbean, but this is in the depths of a rainforest in the Amazon Basin. The amenities here are first-rate.
The grounds are spectacular:
The gardens are beautiful.
The rooms are roomy, comfortable, and ours at least had quite the view.
The pool, pavilion/bar, and dining common areas are simply magnificent.
Just beyond the grounds of la Casa del Suizo lies the colorful, quaint Quechua village of Ahuano. The Quechua people are indigenous to Ecuador and its neighbors. And while the streets may be unpaved, don’t think that modern amenities have yet to hit Anuano. Internet cafés, drinkable water, bars, and nightclubs have sprung up. There’s even a karaoke establishment.
This next establishment was quite a surprise in that it contained souvenir offerings such as blowguns and darts. It was also quite odd seeing in front of it a manhole built into an unpaved road.
Some of the homes were very picturesque in color. Even the rusty roof below added to the ambiance.