Within the amalgam of tourist places that the Baños de Agua Santa canton offers its visitors, one has become an obligatory stop in the itinerary of the thousands of people who visit it year after year. It is the fascinating and charming Tree House, a small wooden building mounted on a giant tree.
The site allows adventurers to enjoy unforgettable, incredible and direct views of the crater, cone, skirts, ravines, gorges and behavior of the Tungurahua volcano. This is because it is located just in front of the western flank of the colossus, on a small hill, just 2.5 kilometers in a straight line from the top of the massif.
Unforgettable views Because the tree that supports the nice white house is planted on the edge of a ravine, there is a swing that exceeds 7 meters in height on its largest branch. Bold tourists who dare to climb and swing on the rock ensure that they enjoy a unique and amazing experience each time they swing on the deep ravine. "I think I will never forget the feeling of flying on the mountain that is experienced when climbing on this rocker," says Jorge Bustamante, an Argentine tourist. Ideal for photos and meditation
Similarly, who dares to climb to one of the 2 floors of the tiny house, take the opportunity to take photos, contemplate the panorama, meditate or simply feel the cold wind in the face, because at this height the air runs with force and temperatures of 5 and 9 degrees Celsius. "When the day is clear, you can appreciate the volcano in all its splendor.
With the help of binoculars you can even see the interior of the crater, as seen from this angle the top of the massif has a slight inclination that allows you to look and portray its interior, "says Lourdes Benítez, a Quito tourist. Even on cloudy days the visit to the place is possible, since there is an ecological walk that surrounds the property, by which you can walk guided by a rope enabled for this purpose.
Monitoring Station This place shares its location with the Ventanas Monitoring Station, built in 1999 when the last eruptive process of the Tungurahua volcano began. There, Carlos Sanchez, watchman of the station, daily analyzes the behavior of the colossus and also welcomes and advises the intrepid and curious tourists who arrive. "This place is 100% safe. You can even camp, because being on top of a hill, there are descendant sites protected from the wind, "says Sanchez.
To access the place where this unique house is located, follow the road that leads to Runtún. Income is free for 365 days.