La Casa Del Arbol outside of Baños is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions because of its appeal to adventure seekers. Known as the "Swing at the end of the world," it offers visitors thrills and spectacular views.

Swinging At La Casa Del Arbol In Baños, Ecuador

La Casa del Arbol outside of Baños is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions because of its appeal to adventure seekers. Known as the “Swing at the End of the World,” it offers visitors thrills and spectacular views.

 

La Casa Del Arbol, Baños

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. We knew that when we went to Baños, we had to go to La Casa del Arbol (The Tree House). We’d seen photos of people swinging over the edge and it always looked so amazing so there was no way we were leaving Ecuador without getting on the swing at the end of the world.

 

How To Get To La Casa Del Arbol

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 three hours, to La Casa del Arbol which is about 30 minutes outside of Baños. The road up to La Casa del Arbol was a little bumpy, but nothing too horrible. We parked the car and followed the signs towards the entrance.

 

Follow the signs to La Casa Del Arbol Baños
Follow the signs to La Casa del Arbol
The path to La Casa Del Arbol Ecuador
The path to La Casa del Arbol
The booth to pay your entry to the Swing At The End Of The World
The booth to pay your entry to La Casa del Arbol

 

We each paid the $1 entrance fee (yes, you read that right) and walked to the left, uphill, towards the tree house.

 

Baños Ecuador swing
Our first view of La Casa del Arbol
Ecuador tree house
The top of the tree house
Another side view of La Casa del Arbol Baños
Another side view of La Casa del Arbol

 

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.

 

Cloudy views from the Swing at the End of the World
Cloudy views from the Swing at the End of the World

 

And then it was finally my turn!

 

Vicky's turn to swing at La Casa del Arbol Ecuador
Vicky’s turn to swing!

 

Is The Swing At The End Of The World Safe?

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 was originally only one swing). There is now 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.

 

I’m not sure if the thin rope would actually do much. But I figure, if you came all this way to swing over the edge of a cliff, you should kinda know what you’re getting yourself into. So… I took a breath, got myself as high on the ramp as I could, and swung.

 

Swinging at La Casa Del Arbol Baños
Swinging at La Casa Del Arbol
La Casa del Arbol Ecuador
Over the edge!

 

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.

 

Views From La Casa Del Arbol

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. Nope, not really.

 

Inside the famous Ecuador tree house
Inside the famous Ecuador tree house
Baños Ecuador swing
The view from the tree house
Swing At The End Of The World is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions
Thick clouds didn’t let us see much

 

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.

 

A brief view of the ravine
A brief view of the ravine
The ravine covered in clouds again
The ravine covered in clouds again

 

It was starting to get dark and we still had to drive back to Baños so we knew we had to get going. But not before we got on the swing one more time, this time getting even higher…

 

casa del arbol Baños
We were so happy to get a second chance to swing!
It's easy to see why La Casa del Arbol Baños is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions!
It’s easy to see why this is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions!

 

Final Thoughts On La Casa Del Arbol

If you get a chance to go to La Casa del Arbol, do it! You won’t regret it. We do 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.

 

Once you’ve paid to get in, you can stay and swing as much as you want but you do have to take turns with others there (play nice!). 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.

 

To watch a short video of my first time on the swing, click below:

 

YouTube video

 

So what do you think? Would you get on the swing at the end of the world? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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La Casa Del Arbol outside of Baños is one of the top Ecuador tourist attractions because of its appeal to adventure seekers. Known as the "Swing at the end of the world," it offers visitors thrills and spectacular views.

 

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37 Comments

  1. I freaking love swings, hammocks, basically anything with a rope that you can sit on that moves. Totally addicted, and if I pass one, I am just compelled to give it a go. Saying that I have never swung of the edge of a cliff !

    1. Haha! Then you definitely have to try this swing! 😉

  2. I’m so jealous!! This is on my Bucket List and I’ve been wanting to do it for a while so now I know exactly where to look for tips! Also, I’m obsessed with monkeys so it’s right up my alley! YAY! Thanks for this!

    1. I hope you get to go Bobbi, it was so much fun 🙂

  3. I would definitely love to try that swing and see the volcano! Beautiful pics as well. I wonder what the volcano looks like? Looks like it was an amazing experience for you! xoxoxo

    1. It really was! We wish we could have seen more of the volcano though.

  4. Wow! This looks incredible. Will definitely add this to our list. It must have been such an exhilarating experience.

  5. Wow what an amazing find!! I have to admit though that my heart started pumping just seeing the photos! Now that I have a kid I don’t know if I am such the adventure seeker I used to be. And what scares me even more is i KNOW my 4.5 yr old would LOVE this! he is obsessed with swinging. I would have to tie him on somehow 🙂 This is really cool. Pinning it for if we make it there someday!

    1. Great Karilyn! I hope you and your family are able to go one day. 🙂

  6. Looks like fun! I especially love the thin security line around you in the swing…. lol

  7. “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.” Yup! This post just did that for me! I really want to go see this swing for myself now! This seems like such an incredible experience!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad! Ihope you get to go one day Carolann 🙂

  8. I’m so jealous! I’m dying (ok, not literally) to do this but I’m terrified of heights and I know I’ll chicken out. Amazing photos and information on the location! I might have to go there and make the hubby do this!

  9. It really looks awesome. I would love to try it. It’s too bad that the clouds were obstructing your view, but it makes it look more enchanting with the clouds.

    1. Hi Laura! There were definitely pros and cons to the clouds. 🙂

  10. Hi, V! This is so cool. I would definitely it. I didn’t even know it existed… !! I’m loving the photos, especially the last two! Is that Will giving the peace sign? 🙂

  11. Im not sure i could bring myself to do it! I wish i could say i would do it in a second, but ahhhh i would psych myself out I’m sure! you are BRAVE! (my head has too many “what if’s”

    1. Hi Lindsay! The trick is not to think and just go 😉

  12. I loved when I saw this post on Instagram! How did I live in Ecuador for a year and never get to Baños? I’m glad you enjoyed this! Looks awesome!

    1. Thanks Kelsey! I hope you’re able to go back to Ecuador one day and experience it for yourself.

  13. Funny, I’ve always seen those pics too but never really knew where this was – so thanks for sharing! I think I’d have to judge it for myself in person before committing to actually swinging, but I’d probably be game. It just looks so rickety and one little slip and… yikes!

    1. Once you’re there, I doubt you’d miss the opportunity! 🙂

  14. Very cool, Vicky (and Buddy)! I’ve definitely seen images of this swing and often wondered where it was located. I guess I had heard before that it is in Ecuador, but the swing at the end of the world feels more real to me now that I “know” somebody who has been there. 🙂

  15. I was going to ask you if you really swung out over an abyss, but from your video, I can see that there is still some slope below you. So if you did fall, it wouldn’t necessarily be like plummeting to your death 1000 feet below! Still, quite an experience I imagine, and the photos are very instagrammable!

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