A park with a monument on the equator line. Inside there is a nice ethnographic museum, and around - many souvenir shops and restaurants. Also you can see volcano Pichincha (from afar), a monument to the recent war with Peru, and the three mountains featured on the ecuatorian coat of arms. The crater is close by also.
La Mitad del Mundo = The Middle of the World
About 23 km from Quito you find this remarkable monument.
This one of the most visited touristy spots of Ecuador. This monument shows the location of the equator.
And this equator is indicated as a yellow line, so like this you can stand with one leg on the northern hemisphere and with the other leg on the southern hemisphere.
Inside the monument there is a museum which shows the different indigenous tribes and their culture.
More on this monument at My Mitad del Mundo page
It is just amazing to be in this area of the city. Come and take pictures that you would never forget.
Inside of the monument there is a museum of all cultures of ecuador, so if you don't have much time to visit the whole country it might be a good idea to visit the museum.
Ask about the "real Mitad del Mundo" because there is the exact equator that the indigens had identify years years years ago just by the stars.
La Mitad del Mundo...
easily accessible from Quito for $25USD (taxi, roundtrip, they will wait for you there for a few hours) or a bus. You can stand on 2 hemispheres at the same time! :)
Not much here, but it's kind of cool to visit anyway!
The Mitad del Mundopark marks the path of the Equator... Ecuador, after all, is name after it. The museums in the park itself are boring, so I didn’t bother seeing them. I did take kewl pictures of the monument at 0'0'0 latitude and at the equator line (standing with one leg in the Nth, the other on the Sth) though... next door (50 meters from the park), the more interesting and less visited museum of Inti-ñan (Path of the Sun) is located
Monument to Middle of the World-Straddle the equator at this impressive monument to the imaginary line which divides the northern and southern hemispheres. An ethno-botanical museum on the premises gives you an informative introduction to the incredible diversity of Ecuador's indigenous culture. An archeo-astronomical museum documenting an eye-opening ongoing investigation is a must see as is a miniature replica of the Old City of Quito.
Guapulo Cathedral-Steep, crooked and narrow, cobblestone roads lead you to the beatnik section of Quito. Picturesque views abound.