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Ahuano is small Amazonian Quechua village on the banks of the Napo River. The town has been a magnet for trekkers since the 1980s when expat Beny Ammeter settled here with this family, opened a general store and a small lodge that inevitably became known as La Casa del Suizo or that Swiss guy's house. The lodge has grown to its current 75 room/pool and river terraces version but still maintains a "flip flop" cool expat vibe. The area is also great for learning more about Quechua society and culture. Those bowler hats that Quechua women wear, for instance, were inspired by the British bowler hats worn by British railway workers in the 1920s while so-called “Panama” hats are actually Ecuadorian, made from the toquilla grass that grows here.
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