The Swing at the End of the World

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Nov. 27 2013 10:59 AM

Take a Seat on the Swing at the End of the World

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Hike three hours uphill from the Ecuadorean city of Baños and you'll find a tree on the edge of an abyss. The simple wooden structure perched in its branches is a seismic monitoring station in disguise, built to keep an eye on nearby Mount Tungurahua. But that's not the most remarkable thing about this tree -- suspended from a thin branch is the Swing at the End of the World.

The swing, made from two long ropes and a slim stick of wood, arcs into the vast canyon. Take a seat, push yourself into the void, and hold on tight -- there is no harness and no safety net.

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Ella Morton is a writer working on The Atlas Obscura, a book about global wonders, curiosities, and esoterica adapted from Atlas Obscura. Follow her on Twitter.

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