Thrill seekers and tree-swinging Tarzans: this is one adrenaline hit you don’t want to miss. The Swing at the End of the World in Baños, Ecuador, takes the idea of the humble tree swing and transports it to an elevation of 2,600m above sea level.
From this spectacular vantage point, daredevils can enjoy a fantastic view of nearby Mt Tungurahua, an active volcano – if you’re really lucky, you might even get to witness it in action.
The swing hangs from a treehouse nestled in the branches of a sturdy tree, acting as an observation centre for the aforementioned volcano. The quaint little construction called La casa Del Arbol (literally the house of the tree) is charming enough in itself, but the real draw for intrepid traveller is the rudimentary swing dangling from it.
In years gone by, safety precautions were virtually non-existent, and though the swing might not protrude over the end of the world per se, it still arcs out over a 100ft (30m) drop to the valley floor below, posing a serious health risk to anyone brave enough to sit upon it.
These days, a flimsy belt offers the vaguest sense of security – but we still wouldn’t recommend the swing to those more accustomed to the playground variety.