You Can Fly Through the Air on This Swing at the End of the World — If You Dare
Swings may be for kids, but flying high on the one at La Casa del Arbol in Ecuador is certainly not child's play. You may have seen the epic (and slightly unnerving) images of travelers hovering over what looks like the end of the earth, but they are really taking a ride on the swing that hangs over a mountaintop near Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador.
The tree house — or Casa del Arbol — was originally used by Carlos Sanchez, a volunteer with the Military Geographical Institute, who was working with a group of a volcanologists by observing and recording the activities of the Tungurahua volcano in the area. He built the swing on the tree house for his family to use when they visited him, but once a photo of it popped up online, tourists flocked to the mountaintop to try out the swing — sometimes called the Swing at the End of the World — for themselves.
On a clear day, travelers can get a view of the active Tungarahua volcano, which means "throat of fire" in the native Quechua language of the Andes, according to Amusing Planet. The swing is 2,600 meters above sea level and hangs over a vertical slope of about 100 feet. Another swing on the other side of the house has been added due to high demand for the attraction. If you're ever in Ecuador, this experience (and undeniably amazing photo) can't be missed.