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  • At Museo de Sitio Intiñan
    At Museo de Sitio Intiñan
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  • Amazonian head-shrinkers
    Amazonian head-shrinkers
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  • La Mitad del Mundo
    La Mitad del Mundo
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  • Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

    The monument that bears the name Mitad del Mundo is a 30 metre tall stone pyramid topped with a globe 4.5 metres in diameter, so it’s hard to miss! It can hardly be considered beautiful but it is certainly impressive. It would be all the more so perhaps if the painted line on which it stands, and which crosses the plaza beneath to feature in so...

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  • Museo de Sitio Intiñan

    Inti Nan is a tourist attraction in the vicinity of the Mitad del Mundo monument. Depending on your perspective it is either a tourist trap or a lot of fun. We took it all with a pinch of salt and thoroughly enjoyed our visit, but whether it lives up to the grand claim made on its website of being “an educational centre of culture and promotion of...

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  • La Mitad del Mundo

    La Mitad del Mundo means the middle of the world. This is the place where an European expedition made measurements in 1736 and stated that this is where the equator is. The expedition was lead by the Frenchman Charles-Marie de La Condamine and during his expedition it was also proved that the world bulges near the equator. At La Mitad del Mundo the...

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  • Ethnographic Museum at La Mitad del...

    Inside the 30m-high monument at La Mitad del Mundo there is an Ethnographic Museum. There are several floors with exhibitions of Ecuador’s different indigenous cultures. There are clothes, artefacts and photographs. It is well displayed and there are information posters in both Spanish and English.To visit the museum, and the viewing platform in...

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  • More museums within the complex at Mitad...

    Besides the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument at La Mitad del Mundo there are several other museums/exhibition halls within the complex. Those are some of them:- Museo del Quito en Miniatura, where they have a model of Colonial Quito in scale 1:200. It was closed (maybe for lunch) when I visited. I looked in through an open door but didn’t...

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  • Museo de Sitio Intiñan

    Around 200-300 metres from the La Mitad del Mundo complex is the outdoor museum Museo de Sitio Intiñan. Here you will once again be able to stand with one feet in each hemisphere, but it is said that this is the site of the real equator, measured with modern GPS. A guided tour, in Spanish or English, around the site is included in the admission of...

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  • The volcanic crater Pululahua

    About 4km northwest of La Mitad del Mundo is the crater of the extinct volcano Pululahua. It is 2400 years since it last had an eruption. The crater is 5km across and about 400m deep. The soil in the crater is fertile and from the viewpoint you can see a patchwork of cultivated fields, and some farmhouses scattered about.When you visit Mitad del...

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  • Most taken picture

    Well I must admit it, it is kind of touristy.I think this picture is made by most of the visitors of La Mitad del Mundo.Here I am posing in front of the monument, right on the Equator, with one foot on the Northern Hemisphere and the other on the Southern Hemisphere.

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  • Scientific park

    On the other side of the entry lane there is a collection of scientific buildings. There are some international pavilions; there is a planetarium and an Ecuador house with a beautiful scale model of the colonial Quito.These pavilions are not always open, and for some of them you have to pay an extra (small) entry fee.

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  • Ethnographic museum

    Inside the Mitad del Mundo monument there is an Ethnographic museum.So you have to buy an extra entry ticket (3 US dollars), then with an elevator you go to the top, where you first can observe the park from the viewing platform. And then it is time to use the steps to come downwards, and while you do that you pass the museum.Inside this museum you...

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  • The Globe

    From the viewing platform on top of the monument Mitad del Mundo you also have a better view on the big globe on top the monument.You can also follow the yellow Equator line around the globe.The globe is made of brass and has a diameter of 4.5 metres.

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  • Great view

    From the viewing platform on top of the monument you have a great view over the park.You can follow the yellow line which represents the equator. And you can also see the colonial village. This colonial village is in fact a collection of restaurants, gift shops, tourist office and a post office with their own Mitad del Mundo stamp.

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  • Entry ticket

    So it is possible to visit the monument of La Mitad del Mundo.You have to pay an extra entry fee. The price for international tourists was 3 US dollars.Once inside, an elevator brings you to the top.Like this you reach the viewing platform, from where you have a great view on the park. Like this you also can observe the big globe on top of the...

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  • The eyecatcher.

    You can not miss the big monument with the big globe on top. It is kind of in the centre of the park. The monument is 30 meters high, and is used as an ethnographic museum. Attention, the entry to the museum is not included in the entry fee to the park.

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  • Lots of statues

    Behind the entry gate a big lane leads to the Equator monument.Along this lane you can see lots of statues; these statues represent the members of the Mision Geodesica.In 1736 a group of French scientists came to Equator in order to search for the exact location of the Equator. This mission was called the Mision Geodesica Ecuador.They marked the...

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San Antonio Restaurants

  • Lunch at La Mitad del Mundo

    Within the La Mitad Del Mundo tourist complex there are several restaurants, and they seem to be quite expensive. As I was hungry, but not yet ready to leave the complex to look for cheaper alternatives in the village, I decided to eat at one of the restaurants serving trout. I went to a restaurant where I could sit outside on the porch and watch...

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  • Several (closed) restaurants

    There were several restaurants here in La Mitad del Mundo. But most of them were closed; maybe they only open during the weekend or public holidays.The Al Paso restaurant was open. This restaurant was serving different dishes from local like Churrasco over hot dogs and burgers.But if you had no hunger, you also could buy something to drink, like a...

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  • From Quito to La Mitad del Mundo, and...

    La Mitad del Mundo is situated in San Antonio, 22km north of Quito, and to go there I had to take the Metrobus from La Marín to the end station Ofelia. I had used the Metrobus, but also Ecovía, several times during my visits in Quito but somehow I went to the wrong platform. The bus took a familiar route and I didn’t pay much attention to it. It...

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  • By Bus

    Coming from La Reserva Biologica de Maquipucuna, we travelled to the South with our own bus. Our destination was La Hacienda Cienega in Lasso, but on this trip we stopped in San Antonio in order to visit La Mitad del Mundo. This is a very touristy spot, but to me it is kind of a must see.

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    Souvenir stalls at Pululahua

    by MalenaN Written May 6, 2012

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    At La Mitad del Mundo complex there are a lot of souvenir shops. I visited several of them but didn’t buy anything. Here you can find postcards, knitted wool hats, gloves and sweaters, hammocks, pottery , table cloths, cheap things with Mitad del Mundo written on them and much more.

    The photo is from Pululahua where there were some stalls selling souvenirs too.

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    The real monument

    by filipdebont Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    In fact it is not really a tourist trap, but more like a scientific mistake, as the location is not correct. (I did receive this possitieve comment from Andrea - andal13, so I adapted this tip, as it is true)

    The real location is 8 km further north. We stopped here with our bus as we were coming from the North of Ecuador.

    And strangely the real monument is hardly visited, everyone visit the La Mitad del monument.

    Unique Suggestions: I also think it is not so easy to get to the real monument if you do not have your own form of transport. I do not know if there are local busses that go that direction.

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    museo solar Inti nan

    by filipdebont Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Just nearby the Mitad del Mundo monument, there is another scientific museum : the museo Solar Inti Nan.

    It is a museum to astronomical geography, here you can see a solar chronometer, an instrument built in 1865, which can show the precise time all by using the sunlight.

    I do believe that not many tourists come here. There was no time in our program to visit it.

    From the viewing platform you have a great view over the Solar museum.

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