In the heart of Ecuador near the small city Baños there are the most unusual swings in the world. The travelers from all over the world come here to feel the incredible freedom, adrenaline and at a height of 2660 meters see the fascinating scenery around Tungurahua volcano.
Snow capped mountain covered with green trees, small waterfalls and rivers with crystal clear water – the landscapes are incredible here!
If you decide to hike from the city, on the way to the top of the mountain you will come across a small summer house with an amazing view to the neighborhood. From there you can see Baños surrounded by the smoke of three volcanoes – Carihuairazo, Altar and Chimborazo.
Now this small city is a tourist center of Ecuador with a lot of hostels, hotels, cozy restaurants and cafes. It is also known as the Gateway to the Amazon. Here you can purchase the tours to the Amazonian forests or go hiking exploring the nearest volcanoes. And, of course, enjoy the famous hydrothermal springs that have healing power.
So, you have decided to hike to La Casa Del Arbol with the swing? The road is easy. You need to climb the trail up to the hill and continue on to the point called Bellavista. It takes about an hour – an hour and a half to reach the hill. But on the top you can expect a storm of emotions.
I quickly sat down on the swing and pushed off from the ground, flying over the hills with green tops and colorful, like a patchwork quilt woven fields. The speed was increasing and like in the childhood I felt limitless freedom and happiness
Those of you who don’t want to get your dose of adrenaline can take photos near a small house and check the thin metal wires that hold swings over a cliff.
In fact, the fixations are reliable. So there is no reason to worry. And besides, you can always go up to the little house on the tree and enjoy the beautiful view. It’s worth it!
How to get to Casa del Arbol:
- by bus. The bus leaves at 2 pm from the corner of Vicente Rocafuerte & Pastaza and picks up passengers at 4 pm. The ticket costs – 1 USD;
- by taxi. The round way trip costs around 15-20 USD;
- on foot. It takes around 1 h – 1h 30 min to get there.
Wouldn’t you be afraid to go there and try swing?