How to Reach Ecuador's Epic Fairytale Swing at the End of the World

Photo of Carolina Loza Leon
14 August 2017

Are these photos real? Where can this incredible, if terrifying, swing be located? We are here to tell you that the photos are genuine, and the swing is located at Casa del Árbol, in Baños de Agua Santa, a town about three and a half hours away by car from Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

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Baños de Agua Santa itself is a popular destination for travelers around Ecuador, with a great mixture of incredible landscapes, adventure sports and busy nightlife. La Casa del Árbol is a tree house, with the famous swing underneath it. It overlooks the Tungurahua volcano, and is definitely not an experience for the fainthearted.

There are several ways to reach this spot, where you can picnic, hop on the swing, and enjoy the view. Make sure to arrive early, as it has become a very popular spot and there can be queues.

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There are tours that will take you to the area from around Baños. They cost around $8.50.

By Car

If you have a car in Baños, it’s about a 30-minute drive to get to the swing.

By Quad or Motorcycle

Motorcycle and quads are popular methods of transportation in Baños, and it’s easy to rent one. They cost around $15 a day. Make sure you pick up a map from the rental company.

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Buses head to the Casa del Árbol area at around 6 a.m., midday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It usually takes about 45 minutes to get there, and the bus ride costs $1.


For the most adventurous with time on their hands, Casa del Árbol can be reached by an uphill hike. From downtown Baños, you can access several hiking trails. It’s a steep trail and it should take about two and a half hours, depending on the fitness level of the group.

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