SWING AT THE END OF THE WORLD
High up in the Ecuadorian jungle, a treehouse perches on the edge of a canyon. The Casa de Arbol is actually a seismic observation station built to keep an eye on Tungurahua, the active volcano. Yet it’s the crude swing, a plank suspended by two ropes hanging from a tree branch, that attracts daredevil visitors. There are no safety features – no harness, no net – so those who choose to push off over the canyon take their lives into their own hands. The reward? A head-spinning view of the canyon floor and perhaps a glimpse of an erupting volcano as you swing over its lip. The swing is 6½ miles up a steep, winding mountain road from the nearby town of Baños.