Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View: 5 Panoramas It Should Kill You To See

One of the most exhilarating things about traveling is the chance to get out of your comfort zone—and these lofty locations will definitely do the trick. From a swing that takes you over the edge of an 8500-foot cliff, to a see-through bridge around the peak of a mountain, you’ve never gone sightseeing like this!

1. La Casa del Arbol—Baños, Ecuador

You would think that a swing that begins its trajectory on the edge of a cliff and ends up with you hanging over a mile up in empty space would at least have a seatbelt. But no, just one plank of wood is standing between you and falling for almost a full thirty seconds before you hit the ground. More than worth it for the glorious scenery, don’t you think?

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2. Grand Canyon Skywalk—Arizona, United States

You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but have you ever stood midair in the middle and looked straight down? A glass walkway going out over the chasm lets you feel like you’re standing on air, and since the Grand Canyon gets up to 1.6 miles deep, you’d better hold onto those handrails!

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3. Tianmen Skywalk—Hunan, China

This skywalk is so high up the mountain that on overcast days, clouds have been known to drift below it and obscure the view. Checking the weather before climbing would probably be a good idea, especially considering the high winds.

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4. Suspended Cablecars—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Starting from the peak of nearby Sugarloaf Mountain, the line takes you for a dizzying view directly over the city to another nearby peak–this attraction gives you a more accurate version of a “bird’s eye” view, in that you’re actually flying over the city of Rio de Janeiro (okay, you’re suspended by a cable, but it’ll feel like you are).

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5. The North Yungas Road, aka “The Death Road”—La Paz, Bolivia

Imagine the heights of the Tianmen skywalk, but with no guardrails, and you’re biking down it at full speed. They call it “gravity assisted mountain biking,” and it makes this by far the most dangerous location on our list—18 people have died on this road since 1998, so if you dare to bike the Death Road, be safe!

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