Mitad del Mundo, one foot on each side of the equator

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Mitad del Mundo, one foot on each side of the equator

Take a trip to the centre of the Earth and discover the equator's imaginary line, about one-hour drive north of Quito.

A yellow line splits the avenue in two. On each side, flowerbeds make up capital letters “N” and “S” for North and South. At the Mitad del Mundo (“Halves of the World”), crossing that line will mean you are basically changing hemispheres. A sign also gives the location's GPS coordinates (0° 00' 00” latitude).
Position yourself on either side of the equator, with one foot on the northern hemisphere and another on the southern one. Located 22 kilometres north of Quito, the monument indicating this imaginary parallel is completed by the Intiñan museum. The latter offers playful experiences linked to the equator, to be carried out yourself. Kids and grown-ups alike will have fun balancing an egg on a nail, or observing in which direction a leaf turns in a water bucket, depending on the hemisphere. All sorts of discoveries await you about local history, fauna and flora, but also about the culture and habitat of local populations. In that respect, a shop graces the museum with local art and craft, mostly created by indigenous communities.

Mitad del Mundo
Av. Manuel Cordova Galarza
San Antonio de Pichincha
Quito 170180
+593 (0)2 239 4803
www.mitaddelmundo.com/en-us

Museo Intiñan
Av. Manuel Cordova Galarza
San Antonio de Pichincha
Quito 170180
+593 (0)2 239 5122
www.museointinan.com.ec/en