We reached Termas de Papallacta around 5:45 pm. The hotels that we are staying have so much to offer, but we really don’t get to enjoy them as we arrive late and then leave early the next day for our next destination. The location of this hotel was by a dormant volcano and nestled in a valley surrounded by high mountain tops and hiking trails.
A stream which I consider more of a fast moving river ran in the middle of the resort. Hot springs run out from the side of the mountain into the resort. The resort channeled these hot springs and integrated them into the facilities. The property was divided into circular sections of rooms with the center containing multiple pools constantly being filled from the hot spring.
The rooms here were basic but was in tune with the surrounding. The hot springs water ran thru the floor boards of the rooms, heating them.
After settling in and having dinner, we put on our bathing suits. We wasted no time as the cool evening air was chilly. We stepped into the inviting pool and emerge ourselves into the warm waters. Never would I have though that this was located in the country of Ecuador. It was very relaxing soaking and just enjoying our surroundings.
In the morning, we really appreciated the view because it was getting dark when we arrived the evening before. The sun sets around 6:00 p.m. in Ecuador. We were sad to leave, but it was on to our next destination.
Our itinerary was placed at the front desk to know what our schedule would be for the day.
Today we would be going to the Amazon for the next two nights, our longest stay during our trip. This morning we would be riding the bus to La Punta Ahuano, where we would transfer to a canoe to get to our hotel. We would be having lunch at the hotel with activities in the afternoon, a change from our last two stops.
Ecuador Travel Day 4 Transfer to the Amazon
Leaving the hotel, the clouds were still heavy over the valley.
We traveled up and down the mountain roads and passed numerous waterfalls. If you get motion sickness, take pills before getting on the bus. It took several hours to reach our destination, but we did stop for restroom breaks and snacks.
By the time we reached La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River it was raining. We were advised to leave everything on the bus due to the heavy rain. Our luggage and backpacks would be brought over to the hotel separately. After we put on the life jackets we proceeded to the canoe. They loaded two canoes from the back to the front to take us to the hotel.
We ended up with the front seat, which made for a miserable ride as the rain was pelleting us as we made our way down the river. J had brought an umbrella along and we put it up in front of us to shield us from the rain. It’s about a 10-15 minute ride, which felt longer with the lousy weather. We carried a water proof camera and were able to take some pictures as we made our way down the Napo River.
Finally our hotel, Casa del Suizo, was in sight.
After unloading from the boat, we walked up the stairs. Everything is very lush and green.
We followed the covered walkway to the reception area.
Upon reaching the hotel, we had a gorgeous view of the river. After they passed out the keys to everyone we had about an hour before we needed to meet for lunch. We immediately went to our cabin #307. The walkway to our room was under cover which was nice since it was still raining.
The landing is shared with the room on the other side.
From the landing, this was our view.
The room had two sides, one side had twin beds, the other had queen beds. Both sides had a huge ceiling fan, which J immediately put on high. There is no air conditioning or heat in the rooms. There are only screens in the windows.
The twin beds
The vaulted ceiling in our room.
The queen beds on the side we slept on.
Out on our deck there was a comfortable hammock and two chairs. You can see the windows were covered by screens, along with the door.
This was our stunning view overlooking the grounds.
Looking back inside from the porch, you can see J turning on the fan.
Our ceramic tile shower was very nice.
There is a hallway between the rooms, where the double sink is located and the toilet is behind the door on the left in the picture below. The walls do not go to the ceiling in the bathroom. It’s a pretty open setting, surrounded by screened windows.
Our view from the bed.
It was time to go back to the lodge for lunch as all of our meals were included at this hotel.
After lunch we went on our afternoon tour, but before leaving we were given rubber boots to try on to use during our stay. After finding boots that fit, we selected a cubby storage to put our shoes in. When we returned, we would put our boots in the cubby to use during our stay. We used these boots every time we left the resort. Due to the heavy rain, it was very muddy everywhere we went and I was glad we had boots to wear.
After putting on our boots and life jackets, back in the boat we went for a short ride down the river. We took about 15 minutes to reach an island where a local Quechua family lived and learned about their way of life. We had to trek through the mud to reach the family, now you see why they gave us boots to wear. At least it had stopped raining.
Our guides in the Amazon.
After visiting with the family, we returned to the canoe, to go back to our hotel.
We went back to our room to relax before dinner. Our bags had arrived and we unpacked and started to settle in. Remember we are at the edge of the Amazon rain forest. The room has high ceilings and is equipped with two fairly large ceiling fans with variable speeds. J had them set for max speed to get the air circulating in the room. There is NO AC, NO PHONE, NO TV, and NO INTERNET in the room. You could purchase an internet package but we decided not to and just disconnect for the next couple of days.
All the windows in the room were covered with screens. You can hear every frog, bird, and any other vocal animal that is located in the rain forest edge. We do have lights and hot water. I am reading a book and J is lying on the bed face up. I will let J explain what happened next.
I was looking up at the ceiling and saw something fly by and a few seconds later I saw it fly by again. I then say to my wife, “You are not going to like this”. Then she looks up and there it was, a BAT. I got up and was heading to the front desk. As I got near the door it dived bomb, and my wife screamed as she hopped off the bed. As she quickly got up to join me at the door, I heard a DING. The bat became the ball as the FAN strikes it sending it flying against the wall. I assume since I never witnessed the strike, only the sound.
Dead bat taken out by the ceiling fan.
We went to the front desk to have someone remove it, then headed to dinner where we told everyone our story of the bat in our room.
At dinner our guide told us about our itinerary for the next day which was posted at the front desk.
Evidentially, we went back to our room for the night not sure what to expect next. We were here for two nights the longest staying in one place of our trip. We just hoped the weather would improve tomorrow.