Within the amalgam of tourist places that the Baños de Agua Santa canton offers its visitors, one has become a mandatory 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, gorges, 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 holds the friendly white house is planted on the edge of a ravine, there is a swing that exceeds 7 meters in height in its largest branch. The audacious tourists who dare to climb and rock on the rock ensure that they enjoy a unique and amazing experience each time they swing over the deep ravine. "I believe that I will never forget the feeling of being flying over the mountain that is experienced when climbing this rocker," says Jorge Bustamante, an Argentine tourist. Ideal for photos and meditation
Similarly, who dares to climb one of the 2 floors of the tiny house, take the opportunity to take pictures, contemplate the panorama, meditate or just feel the cold wind in the face, because at this height the air runs with force and at 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 make out the interior of the crater, since 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 tourist from Quito. 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 site shares a location with the Ventanas Monitoring Station, built in 1999 when the last eruptive process of the Tungurahua volcano began. There, Carlos Sánchez, 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, since being on the top of a hill, there are descendant places protected from the wind, "says Sanchez.
To access the place where this unique house is located, follow the road that leads to Runtún. Admission is free during the 365 days.