Sometimes you see an image, and it sticks with you. You tell yourself that one day you’ll go there and see it for yourself. I knew that when we went to Baños, we had to go to the swing at the end of the world.
During our trip to Ecuador, our itinerary had been left pretty open. If you know me at all, you’ll know that that was really hard for me to do. I like to have somewhat of a plan when I travel. In this case, however, we were spending time with family and friends so the ball was pretty much in their court. The only requirement I really had was to go to the swing at the end of the world.
Earlier that day, we had gone to Lake Quilotoa, a beautiful lake that took our breath away. From there we traveled back south for about 3 hours, to La Casa del Arbol (The Tree House) which is about 30 minutes outside of Baños. The road up to the Casa del Arbol was a little bumpy, but nothing too horrible. We parked the car and followed the signs towards the entrance.
We each paid the $1 entrance fee (yes, you read that right) and walked to the left towards the tree house.
There were a few people there when we arrived so we had to wait our turn to get on the swings. To pass the time we chatted with some of the other travelers and watched the thick clouds roll by. We couldn’t even see Tungurahua, the active volcano on the other side of the ravine. The tree house was actually originally built to keep an eye on the volcano.
And then it was finally my turn!
Because of the recent popularity of the swing, the owner has made a few adjustments. There are now 2 swings, one on each side of the tree house. There is also a wooden ramp to help you get going on the swing a little easier. And a very thin rope that acts somewhat like a seat belt. With or without a seat belt, though, I was about to swing off the edge of a cliff. I took a breath, got myself as high on the ramp as I could, and swung.
I LOVED it! I felt so free and alive! And maybe it was a good thing that the clouds were so thick because I couldn’t see anything around or below me and I wasn’t scared at all. That feeling of the wind in my hair and the silence of the mountains is something I’ll never forget.
After my turn on the swing, I climbed into the tree house to see if I could see down into the ravine that I had just glided over. Not really.
But then the sun burst through the clouds for a few minutes and we were able to admire more of the surrounding scenery before the clouds engulfed us again.
It was starting to get dark and we still had to drive back so we knew we had to get going. But not before we each got on the swing one more time, this time pushing each other to get even higher…
If you get a chance to go, do it! You won’t regret it. I would recommend going during the week. We were told that it gets packed on the weekends and you could be standing in line to swing for awhile. And be respectful of where you are; this is a private property and unfortunately we noticed that people were leaving their trash on the ground.
Overall, it was such an incredible experience! I had seen pictures of people on this swing, not even knowing where it was but knowing I wanted to swing on it. Now it’s another thing I’ve crossed off my list! 🙂
To watch a short video of my first time on the swing, click below:
So what do you think? Would you get on the swing at the end of the world?