La Casa del Arbol, also known as The Swing At The End Of The World is one of the most iconic attractions to visit in Baños, Ecuador.
It’s cheap, it’s fun and it offers some of the best views around!
Located on a mountain next to an active volcano, this beautiful swing is a MUST for anyone traveling to Baños.
Here is my guide covering all you need to know for visiting The Swing At The End Of The World in Baños, Ecuador!
Don’t have a car to get there? To visit the swing I recommend booking this Pailon of Diablo and Tree House Tour that provides transportation and an experienced guide!
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About The Swing At The End Of The World
The Swing At The End Of The World (also known as La Casa del Arbol) is a scenic swing located on top of a mountain alongside the Tungurahua volcano.
This swing was originally set up by a local in charge of monitoring the seismic activity of the Tungurahua volcano for potential eruptions. He set up this swing for himself to enjoy but soon it became extremely popular for its picturesque location.
Over the years this swing has become very famous and recognizable. It hangs down a lush tree with a beautiful wooden treehouse next to it.
La Casa Del Arbol earned its nickname as ‘The Swing At The End Of The World’ because, from the right angle, it looks like you’re swinging into nowhere with nothing but emptiness beneath you.
In reality, the swing is not that extreme and only has a small hill beneath it. Even if you are a person who is terrified of heights (like me), you really have nothing to worry about.
Originally this swing consisted of a wooden seat hanging from a tree by a couple of ropes. Over the years many additions have been included to make this swing more safe.
The swing now has safety cables and a lock-in seat so you can’t fall out no matter how high you swing.
A cement platform has also been built underneath to help you get a running start if you wish to swing higher up.
Although The Swing At The End Of The World is super safe now, these new additions make it look more modern and take away from its original rustic look.
After The Swing At The End Of The World became popular, several other swings were built in this area.
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How To Get To The Swing At The End Of The World
The closest town to La Casa del Arbol is Baños. This swing is located about a 30-45 minute drive from Baños on top of a mountain.
There are a few ways how to get to The Swing At The End Of The World from Baños which we’ll cover next.
Driving There Yourself
We had our campervan with us while traveling along the Pan-American Highway so we drove to La Casa del Arbol ourselves.
To get there from Baños you can take E30/Via a Baños and make a right on Via a Runtún. It’s about a 30-minute drive from downtown Baños.
Once you reach La Casa del Arbol, there are a couple of designated parking lots where you can park your car for $1.
From there, it’s just a short walk uphill from the parking lot to the swing entrance. This walk is a bit steep and slippery so make sure to wear sturdy shoes.
Taking a Public Bus
The Swing At The End Of The World is one of the biggest attractions in the area, so public buses go up there throughout the day.
The public buses depart from the Bus Hacia la Casa del Arbol bus station in downtown Baños.
This bus station is located on Pastaza Street across from Panaderia La Delicia Don Gato bakery. It costs $1 to take the bus up to the swing and $1 to take the bus back down.
Taking a Private Tour Or a Cab
If you want to avoid the crowds that come with public transportation, you can always arrange a cab or a private tour with one of the local tour companies in Baños.
You can find a lot of local tour companies by walking around downtown Baños, especially around Ambato Street.
One of the most popular tour companies in Baños is IVAGATOURS. A tour to The Swing At The End Of The World with this company costs $30 compared to the couple of bucks that the public bus costs.
As a great option, I recommend booking this Pailon of Diablo and Tree House Tour that goes to multiple popular destinations in Banos, including the swing!
If you’re up for a challenge, you can also hike to the Swing At The End Of The World from Baños.
There is a 4-mile long trail leading up to La Casa Del Arbol from Baños that takes about 3-4 hours to hike (one way).
For the detailed trail map, I recommend using the AllTrails hiking app and following the Torre al Cielo and Casa del Árbol route. I always use the AllTrails hiking app and download an offline version of the map so I don’t get lost.
Note that you will be going straight uphill the whole time gaining over 2500 feet in elevation so this hike is quite difficult!
If you run out of time to hike back down, you can always try to catch the public bus from the swing back to Baños.
Entrance Cost For La Casa del Arbol
Baños is one of the cheapest cities in all of South America, especially for outdoor attractions.
Entrance to La Casa del Arbol costs only $1 per person.
With this entrance fee, you get access to the Swing At The End Of The World, walk around the beautiful gardens, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, and hop on a mini zip line.
La Casa del Arbol also has a few newer swings that are equally fun but not as ‘attractive’ as the original swing hanging from the tree.
If you get hungry, you can also enjoy food and drinks at the restaurant by the La Casa Del Arbol swing.
Best Time To Visit The Swing At The End Of The World
If you plan to visit The Swing At The End Of The World, the best time to go is early in the morning on a clear sunny day.
This swing is located high up on a mountain so if you go on an overcast or cloudy day, you might not be able to see the Tungurahua volcano in the background.
If you plan to take photos or don’t want to deal with the crowds, try to go as early as possible before tour buses start arriving for the day (preferably as soon as they open). Unfortunately, unless you have a personal car, this might be a bit challenging.
We came here at around 9:00 am and it was already starting to get crowded. We waited around hoping the crowds would clear up to take some pictures but it just kept getting busier and busier.
After waiting in line for a while to hop on the Swing At The End Of The World, I finally got my turn but I was able to swing only a couple of times before my turn was over.
This popular tourist attraction is open every day. Opening hours for La Casa del Arbol are:
- Monday, 8:30 AM–6:30 PM
- Tuesday, 8:30 AM–6:30 PM
- Wednesday, 8:30 AM–6:30 PM
- Thursday, 8:30 AM–6:30 PM
- Friday, 8:30 AM–7:00 PM
- Saturday, 7:30 AM–7:00 PM
- Sunday, 7:30 AM–7:00 PM
Visitor Tip: Depending on the weather conditions, it can get pretty chilly on top of this mountain. Baños is located in a region with tropical weather which can be a bit unpredictable.
We got lucky with the weather on our visit, but make sure to bring a jacket in case it gets windy or starts raining.
Time Needed At La Casa del Arbol
To visit The Swing At The End Of The World I recommend setting aside at least a couple of hours.
It takes about 30-45 minutes to drive up to La Casa del Arbol from Baños. Be sure to add time to wait in line for your turn for the swing, to take photos, and get back to town.
Things To Do Nearby
If you enjoy thrilling adventures, after visiting The Swing At The End Of The World make sure to check out the nearby Torre Al Cielo swing.
The Torre Al Cielo swing is quite extreme. Here a guide will push you out into a steep drop-off on a swing that turns upside down in 360 degrees.
It costs $3 to use this swing. If that sounds too crazy, Torre Al Cielo also has a smaller swing that visitors can use for $1 per person.
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