Beautiful and Terrifying: Ecuador's Swing at the End of the World

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By: Heather Boag
Published: January 28, 2016
Last Update: December 6, 2022

Located 2,600 meters above sea level at La Casa Del Arbol in Banos, Ecuador, the Swing at the End of the World is probably the most beautiful - and absolutely terrifying - attraction you could place on your bucket list. Of course, this is one big reason why you should absolutely check it out for yourself. The stunning vistas and rush of adrenaline make the Swing at the End of the World one travel memory you won’t soon be able to forget. We’ve outlined our top reasons to visit - from terrifying to beautiful - after the jump. The Swing at the End of the World is Beautiful and Terrifying

1. Getting There

If the name didn’t give it away, just getting to the swing is a challenge in itself. First, you need to take a bus to the small city of Banos. Then you need to walk on foot (or hire a car) along the road to Bellavista. It’s there that you’ll find La Casa del Arbol station, a quaint, albeit somewhat rickety-looking tree house that provides the swing’s anchor.4

2. Actually Getting On the Swing

It’s one thing to think that you’re going to swing out over a 2,600 meter cliff - and another to actually do it. You’ll be able to take in some stunning scenery from the safety of the ground just by making it to La Casa del Arbol. However, for the full experience, you’ll need to get onto the swing and get ready for the ride of your life.2

3. No Safety Features

What you see is what you get. There are no extra harnesses, or sturdy lines to keep you in place. It’s just you, the swing, and that tree house that are preventing you from plunging into the valley below. Are you feeling lucky? Ride at your own risk!6

4. The Views

Once you’re on the swing, definitely look down - and up, for that matter. No matter where you look, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful natural scenery that you will see in your lifetime. With vistas that include mountains, lush flora, and even a volcano, you’ll want to try and take in as much as you can on your wild ride.3

5. The Volcano

The famous Tungurahua volcano is certainly one of the scenic highlights. In fact, it’s actually the reason for the swing in the first place. The tree house that the swing connects to is a volcano observation station - and Mount Tungurahua is still active today. A few lucky swing-riders even manage to catch a glimpse of the volcano mid-eruption!


6. That Perfect Instagram Pic

You’re on a swing, over a steep cliff, with a volcano in the background, in South America. If that’s not worth instagramming, i don’t know what is. Plus, it’s not everyday that you get the chance to go on a wild and crazy bucket-list worthy adventure, so make sure you’ve got someone to snap the photo to go along with it. #wanderlust #instatravel #yolo7

7. The Adrenaline Rush

Swinging out over a cliff is a major adrenaline rush! You’ll feel like you’re flying, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful scenery, and you’ll be trying to take everything in. If time seems to slow down, embrace it. This is a once in a lifetime experience.