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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 #31 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: It is located approximately 20 minutes away from Quito, at San Antonio de Pichincha. The "Mitad del...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to go, not only does it boast the equatorial monument and the lines but lots of shops and cafes as well. One could easily spend half a day here if you went and saw all the museums and then had lunch. Great photo op but in fact the really Equatorial line is located 200metres away... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you're in Quito, you don't have to miss the Equatorial Monument. You can take a bus from the city and you get off some metrers away from the monument. It's very interesting. There are a lot of souvenir places and restaurant where you can taste local food. Also, there's an excursion to a volcano, which is very close to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

A very nice monument marking the equator that allows you to stand in hemispheres. Nice shops surround the monument.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If you go there, definitely visit the real Equator a few meters away as well. They do interesting experiments and tell you more about the physics of the Equator line. This monument is a totally touristy place with heaps of shops and restaurants around but makes a good photo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Its located about 20 -30 mins drive from Quito. A favorite place for locals and tourists alike. Must try the balancing of the egg!! The artisan shops are value for money if you are looking for exclusive souvenirs related to the monument. (I could buy pretty much everything tgey sold at 1/4th price at the mercado artisenale at Quito) The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The San Augustin Hacienda outside of Quito is a dreamy location for two or three nights. Wide rooms filled with Inca art elements, old furniture, hot pads for your feet after exploring the volcanos nearby, or riding horses, comfortable living room, fireplaces -- special praise for the fireplace in the wide bathroom to romanticize the bath tub-- open bar and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A lot of people in Quito seem to be proud of the Mitad del Mundo, but overall we didn’t feel it to be so special. It’s just a kind of tower that is supposed to be at the equator (but is off by 250 meters in reality, bring a GPS!) with some kind of amusement park. When we visited, they... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was not a great venue. The museum there had nothing to do with the equator. The planetarium was closed. There was a small France Pavilion which provided good explanations of the French explorers/scientists who calculated the location of the equator and other discoveries. I would suggest on the whole that you give the museum a pass (extra $4) and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Everyone wants to come to the Equatorial Monument and set foot between the northern and southern hemisphere... and this is one of the places to do it... the other one is in the route to Cayambe. There are other attractions as well, but you come for the above!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is fun to stand with a foot each side of the supposed equator, if only to show the picture to your friends back home. Took a taxi there ($20) and a bus back to Quito (I think 50 cents senior rate!). Ate at a nice little restaurant in the park.

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