The swing out makes me nervous. I get the feeling that I’ve left my stomach somewhere beyond me. Then I look up and my anxiety was worth it as I’m swinging above the world.
Casa del Arbol (The Treehouse) was originally a seismic observation station of the active volcano Tungurahua. I was told that the swing was originally built as a way to pass time when the volcano was covered with clouds – as it was when I visited – but it soon become known as the Swing at the End of the World.
Once started I relax and enjoy the amazing views of the mountains and the rich green vegetation below. The pendulum motion eases me higher and higher until I’m flying further from the ground.
Located above Baños, a small town surrounded by waterfalls and hot springs, Casa del Arbol can be reached via the Bellavista hike or a 20 minute drive sans traffic. To make the most of the experience go early! I was there by 8 am and really got to enjoy swinging and the surrounding scenery too. Apparently later in the days there are queues and traffic up the mountains.
The Swing at the End of World is all about the photo. Ask whomever is taking your photos to stand to one side to take in the scenery below for the best views.
A note to the faint hearted: you are not swinging off a cliff but rather a steep hill. The tree has also recently been reinforced with steel – it is going nowhere whilst you are gazing towards the clouds. I wouldn’t miss out on these photos because…
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