Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a seismic monitoring station in a tree known as Casa del Arbol. Its purpose is observe Mt. Tungurahua, the nearby active volcano, from its precarious perch. While the treehouse itself is a sight to behold, the real attraction is the crude swing hanging from one of the tree’s skinny branches.
With no harness, net, or any other safety feature the swing (nothing more than a plank suspended by two ropes) arcs riders out into the air over the canyon. It is unclear where the swing came from - perhaps it was set up by a whimsical seismologist.
Adventurous swingers of all ages are welcome to take a ride at the end of the world, but at their own discretion.
Know Before You Go
Hike up the path to the Bellavista Cloud Forest Viewpoint from Baños (3-hour hike, less than 1 km)