Casa Del Arbol - Everything You Need To Know Before Taking The Swing At The End Of The World In Ecuador | The Viking Abroad
You have probably seen pictures of the swing at the end of the world. That swing is in Baños, Ecuador. In the last couple of years, this city got famous because of the Casa Del Arbol Swing, especially among millennials. Baños was famous before that for its hot spring pools and waterfalls. Baños is considered at the entrance to the Amazon.
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16 May Casa Del Arbol – Everything You Need To Know Before Taking The Swing At The End Of The World In Ecuador

Casa Del Arbol - Everything You Need To Know Before Taking The Swing At The End Of The World In Ecuador

 

You have probably seen pictures of the swing at the end of the world.  That swing is in Baños, Ecuador.  In the last couple of years, this city got famous because of the Casa Del Arbol Swing, especially among millennials. Baños was famous before that for its hot spring pools and waterfalls. Baños is considered at the entrance to the Amazon. You will notice this by the lush landscape.

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The swing can look terrifying and you might think it would be a big risk to take it? Don’t worry, you won’t fall off the earth! If you decide to take the swing you might see lava from the active volcano Tungurahua. Casa Del Arbol means the Tree House and it used to be a tower where some workers were watching for fires and eruptions from the volcano. It costs $1 to enter the area to take the swing.

Where is it?

The swing is located in Baños in Ecuador. Next to Tungurahua volcano on a hilltop.

 

When to go?

It is open every day from 6 am to 6 pm. You can take a bus from the street Calle Pastaza and Luis A. Martinez at the hours:

Departure: 0545 am, 11 am,  2 pm and 4 pm

Return:  0800 am (only weekends), 1 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.

The bus costs $1 one way.

When we went there on a Monday we were able to take the bus at 0545 but not back before 1 pm. So make sure to get a taxi if you don’t want to stay there that long. You can always get a taxi to and back from the swing. 

 

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When I was there not so long ago we got there at 6 am on a Monday, low season. If you want to have the swing for yourself and get awesome photos! Go that early and off-season on a weekday. The weather in Ecuador and especially the mountains is very unpredictable, therefore you are taking a risk if you go there during the afternoon. It will most likely be cloudy, foggy or even rain. If you go during the weekend around mid-day it will be packed no matter what and even a queue to take the swing. If you go earlier in the morning it is a better chance to see the volcano as well.





Think about what to wear. Wear clothes that will make you stand out, not green like underneath. Be sure to bring a thick rain jacket. It can get pretty cold up there.

Here you can see a glimpse of the Tungurahua volcano.

If you get there early, you will have plenty of time to try different angles for taking a photo.

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What else can you do in Baños

Pailon del Diablo. You haven’t been to Baños if you haven’t seen this waterfall. It is breathtaking and it will remind you of the Lord of the Rings. To see this you can either rent a bike and make sure you get a map or use google maps. Or you can take a Chiva bus and join the Ruta del Cascadas tour that takes roughly 2 hours.

 

Baños is magical. It is like an Amazon fairytale. A town that is perfect for Instagram pics. Starting at Casa Del Arbol in the morning and Pailon Del Diablo in the afternoon. In only two days you will have plenty of time to take the perfect photos at Casa Del Arbol and Ruta del Cascadas. 

Would you take the swing and visit Baños?

 

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20 Comments
  • Candy
    Posted at 11:03h, 16 May Reply

    I was wondering where these photos were taken! I have been seeing quite a few of them on instagram and it looks so scary…well, that’s cuz I am afraid of heights. I just love these swing shots. Great tips on getting there early to get photos from a different perspective 🙂

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:19h, 16 May Reply

      It is not steep at all 🙂 you might fall like 3 meters if you fall off. Thank you 🙂

  • Megan Indoe
    Posted at 13:32h, 16 May Reply

    Whoa I have always seen magical instagram photos of this swing but had no idea what a HUGE tourist attraction this is! It’s no wonder why it’s incredible looking and you can see lava!!! That’s so awesome! I imagined it would be super crowded! Love that there’s the gorgeous Pailon del Diablo waterfall nearby too!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 13:36h, 16 May Reply

      You can see ashes sometimes but not so often, yeah it get really crowded at peak hours xD

  • Shane Prather
    Posted at 14:49h, 16 May Reply

    This experience would be a dream come true! Who takes the photos to document it? Thanks for the tips!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 17:25h, 16 May Reply

      aw you should go there ;D my boyfriend are usually with me, if not I ask people or use a tripod 🙂

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 02:21h, 17 May Reply

    What a lovely place. Swinging at the end of the world is really a once in a lifetime kind of experience. Would love to get there someday and experience the magic of the place.

  • Skye
    Posted at 03:22h, 17 May Reply

    I hadn’t heard of this swing until I read this. What a cool thing to go and see. I bet instagram gets a workout at that spot. It definitely looks like a mix of a fun and scary activity but one you would have to do while there I think.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:59h, 17 May Reply

      yeah it is very instagrammable 😀 Hope you get to check it out 🙂

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    Posted at 16:21h, 17 May Reply

    Oh WOW! I haven’t experienced this kind of extreme travel activities and I’m a bit afraid of height, but I’ll surely try if I get the chance. The place must be really crowded during the peak season, but I guess its still worth the wait. I like the mountain view while doing the swing. The waterfall is as well really stunning, it would be great if there’s a zipline above. I’ll surely pen this on my bucket list. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 16:26h, 17 May Reply

      this swing is a lot more secure than many zip lines. it is not that high up at all 😀 hope you get to visit 🙂

  • Iuliana Marchian
    Posted at 02:57h, 18 May Reply

    This is so cool. La casa del Arbol has everything, at least for me. It’s up in a tree, you have a great view from there, and you can turn back to your childhood. I always go to try a swing when I see one (and if I still fit into one), it’s such an intimate moment with the place you are.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 11:48h, 18 May Reply

    Wow, I never heard of this place. It looks like an amazing place to visit and your photos are stunning!
    Elizabeth | Confidentlyelegant.com

  • Izzy
    Posted at 19:18h, 18 May Reply

    I’ve been wanting to go there for ages now because of instagram travel inspo! That’s a great pro tip to come early for more opportunities to capture the shot better. And reading that it only has an $1 entry fee is great because I hate when prices are hiked because of an increase in popularity 🙂

  • Nitin Khanna
    Posted at 06:52h, 19 May Reply

    Dangerous and Amazing thing to do Swing! Pictures are awesome and clicked very amazingly. It’s an great adventure and after reading all the things I am pretty sure, I will be there soon.

    Thanks for all the ideas!

    • thevikingabroad
      thevikingabroad
      Posted at 07:58h, 19 May Reply

      It looks dangerous, but it isn’t. Perfect for instagram hehe

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