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Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador - Wow, I'm Standing On The Equater!

Ecuador travel blog by Mark Berman - June 2009   » View Photoset (11 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
There was one thing I wanted to do on the way down to Quito from Otavalo and that was to stop off at Mitad del Mundo to stand on the equator!
Ecuador Photo - Long. Occ de Greenwich 78 27 8, Altitud 2483m, Mitad del Mundo.
Long. Occ de Greenwich 78 27 8, Altitud 2483m, Mitad del Mundo.
The bus dropped me off and I caught a taxi for $5USD to Mitad del Mundo, it was quite far from where I was let out of the bus.

Walk Up to the Monument

The walkway up to the monument has lines of statues on each side as well as the Planetario. Once up in front of the monument where the yellow signs and statistics about latitude and longitude are - I and others were getting their photos taken while standing on, standing on both sides of or jumping over the line. It is also possible to go inside and
Ecuador Photo - The Planetario and walkway at Mitad del Mundo.
The Planetario and walkway at Mitad del Mundo.
up to the top of the monument, but costs a few $dollars. There is a large auditorium with a glass dome shaped roof at Mitad del Mundo that had a live band playing and some dancers.

Amazing Experiments

The museum just up from the main entrance has amazing experiments demonstrating the equators powers including a sink where the water runs one way on one side of the line and the other way on the other side of the line. The official website of Mitad del Mundo.

Eat Across the Road

Across the road from the entrance there are a couple of eateries which are a lot cheaper than inside the Equator center.

Bus to Quito

I
Ecuador Photo - Mitad del Mundo north of Quito.
Mitad del Mundo north of Quito.
caught a bus from Mitad del Mundo back into Quito, it took around 30-40 minutes. The bus was extremely full and I really had to watch and hold on to my backpack. I walked for a while through the streets to get to the main bus terminal where Puerto Lopez would be my destination overnight.

I've Been to the Equator in Brazil

I have also stood on the equator on the other side of the continent in Macapa - Brazil. It's not in a beautiful setting like at Mitad del Mundo but I did manage to balance a coin on its side!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Mitad del Mundo (Ecuador) to:


Map location: Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador. Wow, I'm standing on the Equator but there is no ring of fire, trust me! Since GPS I believe the exact spot/line has moved and the monuments are slightly out of alignment, oh well...
 A : Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba - Ecuador 12 kms 12 kms straight distance | 52mins 52mins by car (34 kms) | 1hr 2mins 1hr 2mins by bus (34 kms) (34 kms)
 B : Quito - Ecuador 18 kms 18 kms straight distance | 1hr 14mins 1hr 14mins by car (54 kms) | 1hr 28mins 1hr 28mins by bus (54 kms) (54 kms)
 C : Cayambe - Ecuador 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 1hr 34mins 1hr 34mins by car (70 kms) | 1hr 52mins 1hr 52mins by bus (70 kms) (70 kms)
 D : Mindo - Ecuador 36 kms 36 kms straight distance | 1hr 19mins 1hr 19mins by car (70 kms) | 1hr 34mins 1hr 34mins by bus (70 kms) (70 kms)
 E : Machachi - Ecuador 58 kms 58 kms straight distance | 1hr 30mins 1hr 30mins by car (76 kms) | 1hr 48mins 1hr 48mins by bus (76 kms) (76 kms)
 F : Otavalo - Ecuador 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 1hr 53mins 1hr 53mins by car (93 kms) | 2hrs 15mins 2hrs 15mins by bus (93 kms) (93 kms)
 G : Quito to Tulcan - Ecuador 51 kms 51 kms straight distance | 2hrs 25mins 2hrs 25mins by car (119 kms) | 2hrs 54mins 2hrs 54mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 H : Saquisili - Ecuador 95 kms 95 kms straight distance | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by car (121 kms) | 2hrs 39mins 2hrs 39mins by bus (121 kms) (121 kms)
 I : Latacunga - Ecuador 104 kms 104 kms straight distance | 2hrs 6mins 2hrs 6mins by car (125 kms) | 2hrs 31mins 2hrs 31mins by bus (125 kms) (125 kms)
 J : Pujili - Ecuador 109 kms 109 kms straight distance | 2hrs 7mins 2hrs 7mins by car (132 kms) | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by bus (132 kms) (132 kms)
 K : Quilotoa Lagoon - Ecuador 109 kms 109 kms straight distance | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by car (196 kms) | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by bus (196 kms) (196 kms)
 L : Tena - Ecuador 130 kms 130 kms straight distance | 3hrs 39mins 3hrs 39mins by car (207 kms) | 4hrs 22mins 4hrs 22mins by bus (207 kms) (207 kms)
 M : Tulcan - Ecuador 121 kms 121 kms straight distance | 4hrs 44mins 4hrs 44mins by car (250 kms) | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by bus (250 kms) (250 kms)
 N : Ipiales from the Colombian Border - Colombia 129 kms 129 kms straight distance | 4hrs 41mins 4hrs 41mins by car (251 kms) | 5hrs 37mins 5hrs 37mins by bus (251 kms) (251 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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