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Equatorial Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #28 of 103 attractions in Quito
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Straddling the Equator and located approximately fifteen miles north of Quito, this monument marks the exact line dividing the northern and southern... more » Owner description: Straddling the Equator and located approximately fifteen miles north of Quito, this monument marks the exact line dividing the northern and southern hemispheres. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a tourist place where there shopping, dining and an exhibition type museum to show you how they came up with the zero latitude and the equator. But the real one according to the locals is farther away.

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Yellowknife, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Well established (although in the wrong spot) it looks like they are in the process of developing a bigger and better attraction. That stated it was a fun visit to La Mitad del Mundo. The insect museum (and all the little pay for play places on site) are horrid. Give them a miss. Seriously - you can do much better... More

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North Carolina
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

On the bucket list: travel to Latitude 0 00 00. German tourists complained the place was like Disneyland. It is not that bad, Yes, it is surrounded by restaurants and tourist shops, but there is also an exhibit building included in the admission price which has an excellent detailed scientific display about the French who triangulated the center of the... More

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Montecito, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Even though the monument museum was closed for renovation and they did not tell us at the gate, was not that important. The other museum about the history of how the equator line was first marked before the actual GPS location was located about a block away; just outside the exit gate bordering the fence line to the left down... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We only had a short time here as the park was ready to close for the day. It was a bit of fun being able to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at once. Took the obligatory photographs. We had been advised to take our passports along which we duly had stamped with a very nice stamp (free)... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Have been to this monument with different groups over the last 10 yrs... the museum is dirty, patrons are touching all the artefacts AND taking pictures when it clearly states not too, the elevator is broken, 7 employees all standing by reception talking and laughing. Clearly no one gives a damn about the tourists...

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San Bernardino, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The equatorial monument is a cool side trip if you are in the Quito area. You and/or your group can be on both sides of the equator at the same time. At the little PostCard and souvenir shop you can get your passport stamped with the La Mitad Del Mundo stamp for Free. Fun stop, you may have to wait... More

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Western Pa.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Understanding the history of the site is in itself enough of a reason to visit. One can gain significant insight into background of those individuals who scientific experiments determined this location to be the middle of the world. This being said the vast majority of the site is dedicated to restaurants and handicraft shops. The actual middle of the world... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The place is very interesting. You can take a bunch of cool pictures, and make a lot of stupid jokes about the equador line. The park is not that big, so you can enjoy it in an afternoon or less. I stayed for only a couple hours and it was great. Luckily I went on the solstício day, and they... More

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Jacksonville Fl USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This monument was constructed pre GPS but offers great photo ops with the line running through the monument. Located at 4000 feet up its a interesting place with lots of exhibits. Only problem is the true equator is about 100 yards up the road. Nonetheless , it's quirky and fun complete with the schmaltzy gift shops and cafe there.Walk over... More

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