In the Ecuadorian wilderness just outside Baños, Casa del Arbol is a seismic monitoring station that has capitalized on its perfect mountaintop location next to the Tungurahua Volcano by installing a treehouse with a rope swing. The Swing at the End of the World, as it’s often called, offers thrills with an unobstructed view of the volcano.
At Casa del Arbol, you can launch yourself out over a steep drop, about 100 feet (30.5 meters) above a canyon, on nothing but a crude piece of wood. The adrenaline rush is worth it though, as the experience offers extraordinary views of the mountainous landscape and the Tungurahua Volcano. The area around Casa del Arbol is also great for hiking, and there are many other spots where you can avoid the crowds and take in the view.
Some multi-day tours from Quito take in Casa del Arbol and Baños as well as Quilotoa Lagoon (Laguna Quilotoa), Cotopaxi National Park (Parque Nacional Cotopaxi), and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Casa del Arbol is a must-see for adventurous nature lovers staying in Baños.
- The rope swing is supported by steel beams and has safety harnesses.
- In addition to the treehouse and swing, Casa del Arbol also offers ziplines, a small restaurant, and restrooms.
- Wear shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces and comfortable clothing for hopping on and off the swing.
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach Casa del Arbol, located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) outside of Baños. Most visitors arrive on foot, by bike, or via public transport—an inexpensive bus makes the trip up the mountain several times a day. You can also hire a taxi or rent a car.
When to Get There
Casa del Arbol can be visited year-round, however the best time to go is from October to March, when rainfall is at its lowest. If you want to avoid the crowds, visit on a weekday and hike or take a taxi at different hours to avoid all the people arriving on the public bus.
Casa del Arbol is a seismic monitoring station for the Tungurahua Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most active volcanoes. The rope swing takes you out over the edge of the mountain and it’s about as close as you can get to the volcano, as climbing it is prohibited. On a clear day, you might even see clouds of ash spewing from Tungurahua’s peak and hear it rumbling.