La Casa del Arbol belongs to one of the most famous attractions in Baños (de Agua Santa). It is not “just a treehouse”, it’s more like a small adventure park with absolutely amazing views and famous swings that hang over the edge of the hill. Besides the swings, there are more things to do, like zip lines, viewpoints, and a beautiful garden.
Let’s have a look at what you can look forward to, how to get there and what are other attractions, viewpoints, and hikes around.
Casa del Arbol is situated in the mountains at about 2600 meters above sea level, overlooking the valley of Banos de Agua Santa with stunning views of the Tungurahua volcano. Once you are there, you can enjoy the following:
1) Casa del Arbol – The treehouse
You can climb up to the famous treehouse. More interesting are two swings hanging down from that tree, which are known as “Swings at the End of the World”. The swing takes you over the edge of the hill. But don’t worry, it is not that scary! It is a nice experience with beautiful views.
2) Two more sets of swings
There are two more sets of swings. One set is for children only, but the other one is great! I encourage you to try even this one because I think that it might be even a little bit bigger than the original Treehouse swings.
3) Double zipline track
Another adventure point is the zipline. There are two tracks, side by side, so you can race with your partner. It is not a huge zipline but it is definitely nice to try.
4) Garden, views, and the viewpoints
Casa del Arbol became famous on social media, so you can be sure it’s a photogenic place with nice viewpoints and decorations. I especially liked the garden full of flowers and nicely decorated benches.
5) Banos sign
If you are a fan of signs, there is a Banos sign, where you can get nice pictures.
There is a small cafeteria by the treehouse, where you can get a coffee, some snacks like empanadas, and more. The prices are favorable.
The entrance fee to Casa del Arbol is as low as $1 per person, and you can stay there as long as you wish. The entrance fee is lower than at any other “viewpoint” or attraction.
On average you will need about an hour, which gives you enough time to enjoy the swings, zipline, and to take enough pictures. One hour is also a perfect fit for the bus schedule, which is designed to give you exactly one hour at Casa del Arbol.
There are regular buses going from Banos to Casa del Arbol at 11 AM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. The bus starts at the crossroad of Pastaza and Montalvo street (sometimes from the corner of Pastaza and Luis A. Marinez street). It takes about 45 minutes to get there and the ticket costs $1.
The bus on the way back leaves at 1 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM. You will find the schedule also at the gate of Casa del Arbol.
Another option is to take a taxi. Many tour companies also offer transportation as a part of their tours. Alternatively, you can rent a bike, but we would recommend it only to experienced bikers because it is 12 steep kilometers uphill.
You can also walk there, but we would recommend doing it another way around – go up by bus and hike the trail down – it is a very nice walk.
If you love nature and hiking, we encourage you to walk from Casa del Arbol to Baños. There are nice views on the way as well as several more viewing platforms and viewpoints.
Don’t forget to download offline maps (we can highly recommend Locus, which is the perfect outdoor map app), because the trail isn’t marked well, so you will need it in order to find your way.
- Distance: 6 km
- Time: 2 hours hiking (but with the viewpoint stops and Columpio Fantasias swing, count about 3 – 4 hours before getting to Banos)
- Descent: 900 meters
Trail characteristics: The trail is descending the steep hills above Banos, some parts of the trail might be slippery, especially after the rain. If you decide to hike this trail, wear good hiking boots. It’s not an easy hike, but you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Banos and the valley.
There are also alternative routes on the way to Banos, so you can choose the different hiking trails according to the map.
Map and GPX of the trail to download
We have also prepared for you a map with the trail and all the interesting points on the way.
One more amazing swing – Columpio Fantasias de Volar
This is something for adventure seekers!!! Columpio Fantasias de Volar is located not that far from Casa del Arbol and it is a massive swing over the cliff with spectacular views of Baños downtown.
The swing takes up to three people and it really pumps you up with adrenaline. This is the biggest swing you can experience in Baños. The entrance fee is $12 per person and it’s absolutely worth it. I think there is no better view of Baños than from this swing.
The guys will dress you up in the climbing harness to secure you to the swing bench. The good thing is that you don’t have to do anything (just sit), unlike bungee jumping – when you have to decide to jump.
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