10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR
is a cute museum park at the equator line featuring a 1736
French Geodesic study. Getting there and what to do.
Carried out by the French Academy of
Sciences, in collaboration with the Spanish government,
the objective was to prove the flattening of the poles
by measuring the earth at a location near the equator
and another meridian in Sweden. Unfortunately, the mission
did not leave a measuring mark in the field. In 1936,
geographer Luis Tufiño measured with the equipment available
at the time, the location of the equator of the equator
and erected a small monument at a distance of about
25km from the center of Quito. In reality, the location
was about 240m south of the equator set by the World
Geodetic System WGS84. As the original landmark had
already become rather famous, the province of Pichincha
constructed a museum park, which was inaugurated in
1982, in which the original monument was replaced by
a 30 m high monument with a 4.5 m globe on the top and
an overlook with a spectacular view over the valley.
The older monument was moved to Calacalí, a small town
7 km away.
OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS
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STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR
Start your Cuyabeno journey on
Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge,
exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.
The Cuyabeno Loop explores
the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo
Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and
wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in
the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous
The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden
creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador!
Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths,
Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the
Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing
of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!
The Cuyabeno Lake Program
explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake.
Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the
mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and
Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location,
because we were the first and chose the best location on a
seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.
Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a
taste of some of the best Andean National Parks,
visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis
trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from
the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and
Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the
Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic
journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal
parks. They have been designed to complement
Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito,
Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to
make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes
and Coast" module.
A fabulous program for visiting the most
famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the
Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub
for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an
extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park
and/or Amazon Cruises.
In its interior, the monument
houses the modest but charming Ethnographic Museum Mitad
del Mundo featuring objects and scenes of activities
of the indigenous cultures of Ecuador. On weekends,
musical and cultural events are organized for tourists
under a roofed but open plaza surrounded by restaurants
and art shops in a colonial style complex. A yellow
line runs from the monument to the plaza, suggesting
to be the equator where tourists have had their pictures
taken, supposedly with one foot on the Northern and
the other foot on the Southern Hemisphere.
The park also has some
other attractions, such as a small planetarium, center
displaying the geodesic mission, a miniature model of
Quito and an art display about the artist Guyasamin.
Tour guides often perform tricks that supposedly only
work on the equator, such as water flowing both counter-clockwise
and clockwise, balancing eggs on end, etc., but in reality
they are mere tricks un-related to being on or near
About 200 m northeast
of the park is a small private attraction, the Intiñan
Solar Museum, supposedly on the real equator, but that
still is about 40 m off.
The main promenade towards the
monument Quito, Ecuador.
The park is tastefully designed
with flags of Latin American nations, welcoming visitors
at the entrance.
The monument is an imposing
modern landmark, with in its interior the ethnographic museum
and on the top an overlook over the valley.
Another Mitad del
Mundo Quito Ecuador is the very important
Nestor Kirchner Building,
the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR,
located in front of the park, which opened end 2014.
Quito is the headquaters of the UNASUR, the equivalent of
the European Union for South America, and comparable to
what Brussels is for the European Union.
Mitad del Mundo Monument [10
Museums] Quito, Ecuador
PARKS & TRIBES and the COFAN LODGE
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