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 AHUANO

Downstream from Misahualli on the north bank of the Napo, Ahuano cowers in the shadow of the gargantuan Casa del Suizo, looking like a medieval village beneath the towering walls of a castle. Despite appearances, this huge hotel has brought money, jobs and a telephone office to Ahuano and kick-started a fledgling tourist economy in the village itself. At the eastern end of town, in Ceramica Indigena you can watch a demonstration of Quichua pottery skills [$2*] and buy the finished product in the shop. Other local products include natural medicinal lotions and potions such as sangre de drago, good for gastric disorders, and aceite de hungurahua, used for shampoo, plus cane and gourd flutes, stuck together with beeswax.

General information

With so few independent travellers stopping here, aside from the La Casa del Suizo hotels and tourist facilities are thin on the ground.
On the main street the east end of town is a budget travellersí paradise, offering hiking and camping expeditions into the forests.


Places to sleep

Accomodation is limited to a few basic hostals, family houses with clothes lines running from wall to wall and children running beneath them, cheap rooms with shared bathrooms and electric showers.

Places to eat

You can get breakfast, lunch or dinner at the simple restaurants. The one on the waterfront under the walls of La Casa del Suizo also has a couple of basic rooms upstairs.

Entertainment

Next door to Casa del Suizo the local youth party the night away in the village disco, bopping away to a selection of Latin and pop hits in the strobe lights of a bamboo hut [Thurs-Sun from 9pm; free].

Things to do

A number of locals work as guides at La Casa del Suizo. You may be able to hire their services for tours into forested areas downstream [$10-15 * per day].

Getting there

There are two ways to get to Ahuano. A daily canoe runs from Misahualli to Coca passing the village. Otherwise you can take a bus from Tena or Puerto Napo along the southern bank of the Napo as far as La Punta, where canoes wait to ferry you across   ($0. 20*). There may be a camioneta on the other side to take you the 2km to Ahuano. La Punta has a couple of restaurants and a basic hotel if you should get stuck here.

*Prices quoted are approximate

 

Last updated 14th June 2006
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