Swing at the edge of the world

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Posted on Thu, Dec 11 2014 15:35:15

swing at the edge of the worldApparently the edge of the world exists, and it is in Baños, Ecuador. The Swing at the edge of the World will rock you at an altitude of 2660 meters above sea level. The construction is quite simple - long ropes hanging from one of the tree's thin branches and a stick-beam. There is no harness or net to provide any safety. Looking downward, you will see a steep cliff, looking forward - a magnificent view of the mountains and the Tungurahua volcano.

The swing is located near a seismic monitoring station, Casa del Arbol – or The Treehouse, where workers observe the activity of Tungurahua.

The fragility of this construction only fuels the interest of adrenaline-loving visitors that come from all over the world to test their courage. This attraction is definitely not for the faint of heart, even the photos of it look scary enough. Recently, a smal fabric belt was added to the swing to hold you at least a bit.

If you are lucky enough, you can even catch the volcano erupting while taking a wild ride on the swing. Tungurahua has been randomly erupting since 1999. In 2006, a pyroclastic cloud killed four people and left two missing.

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