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Equatorial Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

Address: Avenue Cordova Galarza Km 13 1/2, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 2-239-4803
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Ranked #32 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: It is located approximately 20 minutes away from Quito, at San Antonio de Pichincha. The "Mitad del Mundo City" surrounding the monument includes several restaurantes and folk-lore shops, museums about the mission that measured the Earth, the "Solar Cuture Museom" (with a display of the lates investigations about the real middle of the world), and a Planetarium. Inside the monument is an interesting Ethnic Museum. Youcan shop and place one foot on the northern Hemisphere and the other on the southern Hemisphere. Entrance fee to the "Middle of the World City" is $3.00, to the Ethnic Museum #3.00, to the Planetarium $1.50. Visiting hours: Monday thru Sunday 09h00-18h00.

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Washiington, DC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

They have quite a few scientific demonstrations that work ONLY on the exact equator - for instance, on the exact equator water will drain straight down, out of a large tub, through the drain hole. Put that tub a few feet into the Southern Hemisphere, and the water drains out in a circular fashion (I forget if it was clockwise,... More

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Nice, France
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

A very touristic area, but still something worth seeing while being in Quito. Great ice cream and empanadas around the area!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I guess if you come all the way to Quito, one of the musts, if not already achieved, is to straddle the equator. The monument was good for the photo opportunity and the restaurants were reasonably priced. I was also lucky to see a traditional dance by costumed Ecuadorians. Just make sure you also visit the "real" equator a couple... More

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Coma Ruga, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I wanted to visit the Mitad del Mundo because of the feeling to be between the two sides of the world. The place is now on works because of the building of the Unasur site. We made the typical photographs and we went back to Quito. At least, as you pay some dollars, the place is clean and you can... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Once you pay the entrance fee you can go through a "little town" with restaurants and souvenir shops all the way to the monument of the middle of the world (the real middle is not far away, check out the Intinam museum!). There was also live music at the moment!

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Sydney, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We caught a taxi that took about 45 minutes from Quito for $20 and there were taxis waiting outside to take visitors back. This site was clean and had the equator monument plus a short road with statues and short biographies of contributing scientists. There was an accompanying plethora of eateries (the one we ate at offered free wifi) and... More

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Barrie, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Interesting side trip with interesting demonstrations and information provided regarding the location and characteristics.

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Cuernavaca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

One foot in North America and the other in South America. We visited the monument and browsed through the popular art stores. We got certificates that we had been there and saw the coin balance on its edge!

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Attard, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A trip to this place is a must if you are in the vicinity. There is a museum, an actual line where one can take photos with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere, a number of souvenir shops, and places to eat. A large car park will help you to park your car... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The Equatorial Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) was not worth it. It was very touristy and doesn't actually sit on the Equator. We thought that the Intinan Museum was much more rewarding in regards to having a true Equator experience. It has less frills and it's smaller but it was interesting, interactive and fun. They showed us some cool things... More

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