Mitad Del Mundo
Mitad Del Mundo
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
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  • dragonphoe18
    London, United Kingdom235 contributions
    Visit to stand on the equatorial line!
    Mitad del Mundo is a short distance from Quito and you can easily hop on a bus to get out here. Its a huge monument to the calculation of the Equatorial Line and it is quite a large space with some interesting exhibits and plenty of history (if you are interested in discovery and science). The setting is quite impressive with the mountains in the distance. You must go up inside the Tower (there's lift) and then walk down and look at the various exhibits about science and culture on the different levels. Plenty of photo ops and shopping, but recommend you go to the local arts and crafts market in town and get a better selection at a better price.
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 12, 2020
  • cisco289
    Darlington, South Carolina840 contributions
    A "Do Not Miss"
    How can you Not stop here? It's the Middle of the World (Equator---0 degrees latitude) and gives you a great story when you arrive at your home country. The entry fee was only 5 USD and gave you access to the museum, great views, affordable shops, and eateries. What else could you want?
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 25, 2020
  • Lizbeth G
    2 contributions
    Attraction
    If you are a good Ecuadorian you should visit this place together with your family, a rest that is pleasant, a place where you can find a bit of everything and taste some of the traditions that the country has, I visited this beautiful place in 2018 together with my family, had many attractions for all ages. If you wanted to taste more of this tourist attraction there is one more value that is worth paying. This place has to show us how our country was several years ago, accompanied by a tourist who is in charge of showing you everything that is there. What I liked most about this place was what is inside the tower, several scientific attractions that make people more entertained and the view from above is one of the most attractive things. I would definitely recommend this place to go with the family on a weekend and enjoy our unique tourist places. It is worth paying for admission.
    Visited August 2019
    Written March 23, 2020
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Chase V
Oklahoma City, OK629 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Yes it’s touristy and not a ton of history built around the 1970s, everyone is obsessed with saying it’s not the true equator here because it was believed to be there before GPS. Great way to spend an afternoon about a 45 minute drive from the historic center. We enjoyed it even if it’s just to soak in the monument and Mountain View’s. Great cheap local beer on draft inside the area and climbing the monument wasn’t that tough. It has a small museum inside to tell you more of the history.
Written September 18, 2023
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Maria D
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Jul 2023 • Family
It was ok! Too commercialized but at least we got to see the middle of the world.
I think you should go, at least to say you visit, but don’t expect too much
Written August 5, 2023
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bluejeanfood
Philadelphia, PA778 contributions
Jul 2023
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is a popular destination for anyone in Quito. Visitors can stand on the Equator, with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern Hemisphere. You can also balance an egg on a nail without having to hold it and weigh a kilo less than in other places. They have built an attraction area Middle of the World City with museums, shops, and restaurants. I dined at Restaurante Balcon al Mundo and really enjoyed their potato soup and garlic shrimp entree. Great views in the dining area and service was quick and friendly.
Written July 16, 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK734 contributions
May 2023
This site is kind of out of date now, so much so that our tour did not even stop here. This is because they discovered that the huge monument does not mark the middle of the earth. With scientific advances they now know that the actual location is a couple of hundred feet further away. This is where the Intinan Museum is located and there is a new monument marking latitude zero.
Go for a photo stop if you want, since this original globe monument is still used on t-shirts, magnets etc as a symbol but if you want to straddle the equator line you can't do it here.
Written June 19, 2023
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FarAway756419
5 contributions
Apr 2023
Very nice place to spend at least half day. There are exhibitions of native Ecuadorian people including indigenous houses, typical food in good restaurants, traditional ice cream parlor, local chocolate makers, craft beers, llamas and monuments. And of course many souvenir shops. Not to be missed: the shrank head that was used in a indigenous warrior’s ritual. Get one of the guides to show you the main spots and then just go free wandering around.
Written May 5, 2023
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Jeanette M
Swindon, UK55 contributions
Dec 2022
Our hotel recommended this as part of seeing as much of Quito as we could. Yes it's touristy but it's also really interesting. The museum is worth visiting, it's laid out well, and the history of discovering the Equator is well written and easy to understand. The shop had some really good quality souvenirs.
The grounds were beautiful and well maintained, There are some really nice places to eat or just have coffee and cake.
Good photo opportunities everywhere!
We enjoyed the shops which were pretty much all the same but colours and patterns of wraps, scarves, t shirts etc did vary. Or you could buy an almost full size soft Alpaca!!
We would allow 2 to 3 hours for this trip.
Written April 25, 2023
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Kimberly L.
Wellington, FL47 contributions
Mar 2023
The grounds are beautiful but it is very touristy. I would go just to say that I went but the museum right around the corner was better
Written April 19, 2023
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andy y
36 contributions
Apr 2023
It's touristy but interesting. I didn't have time for any of the museums, but I did take some pictures at the monument.

The area is dotted with vendors who sell the same things. Souvenirs looked like they had a pretty noticeable markup (I noticed a lot of shops offering $5 for 6 small fridge magnets), but I can imagine there could be some hidden treasures in some of the shops. The beers there are mid-tier (definitely a lot better than Bud) and reasonably priced for the location, around $4-5 for a pint.
Written April 17, 2023
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Jason H
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was a little kitschy, but not as much as it seemed from other reviews. Great way to spend a few hours. The restaurants had good food, and the souvenir/gift shopping was the best we found in all of Quito. The chocolate shop was on point. They let us do a 'sample tour' of the best chocolate I've ever tasted.
Written April 10, 2023
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Mike G
Fresno, CA5 contributions
Mar 2023
Large monument honoring the equator. Views from the top of the monument. Beautiful grounds. Marks where they thought the equator was. Then visit the place a couple of hundred yards north where the equator actually crosses. This place has great demonstrations that can only work right on the actual equator. Don't miss going here!
Written April 4, 2023
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