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10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR

Mitad del Mundo Monument

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 Tufi? 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 Calacal? a small town 7 km away.

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.

 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

Price: $ 99

 1 days

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.

NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuní National Park are exesively expensive and just orgazide along each lodge. We decided to organize a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges

 

 

Price: $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno

 NEW LAGARTOCOCHA EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartococha lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Sequoya Indian Village

 

 

Price: $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre

CUYABENO LOOP

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 Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

admirando las increíbles aves

 LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

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 Lagartococha!

 

 

Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs 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.

Price:  from $ 390

4 - 5 days

 

Chimborazo con Lamas

NORTHERN ANDES CUSTOM ECO TOUR

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 Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

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.

Precio: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome ent Galapagos

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

 

Price: from $ 550

From 3 days

25 COOLEST THINGS TO DO IN PERU [LIMA,CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU]: Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

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.

Precio: $ 1199

7 days

Continuation of the current theme

 

Mitad del Mundo Museums

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 the equator.

 

About 200 m northeast of the park is a small private attraction, the Inti?n Solar Museum, supposedly on the real equator, but that still is about 40 m off.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Main promenade.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: entrance with flags.

The main promenade towards the monument Quito, Ecuador.

The park is tastefully designed with flags of Latin American nations, welcoming visitors at the entrance.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Monument.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: visitors in front of the monument.

The monument is an imposing modern landmark, with in its interior the ethnographic museum and on the top an overlook over the valley.

 

Visitors posing in front of the monument.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Mitad del Mundo monument with flags.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Children opposite from the equator line

The Mitad del Mundo Monument, surrounded by flags in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

The yellow Equator Line symbolizing the equator, where tourists have their picture taken, supposedly with one foot on the Northern and the other foot on the Southern hemisphere.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: View of the valley from the monument.

The view of the park and the valley from the monument.

 

Restaurants and art shops are housed in colonial style buildings.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: garden.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Guayasamin Pavilion.

Tasteful gardens in the park.

 

The Guayasamin Pavilion.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Ethnographic Pavillion

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Display Ethnographic Pavilion.

Hosts at the Ethnographic Pavilion.

 

Display at the Ethnographic Pavilion inside the Equator Monument.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Geodesic Pavilion.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Old Quito Map during the Geodesic Mission.

The Geodesic Pavilion.

A map of Quito during the days of the geodesic mission.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Planetarium

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Model of Quito

The Planetarium.

A miniture model of Quito in the Quito Pavilion gives a nice overview of old town Quito.

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Ecuador Pavilion

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Inti Nan Museum.

Ecuador Pavilion

The Inti-?n Museum, just outside the Mitad del Mundo city

 

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: The Nestor Kirchner building, the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, located at the Mitad del Mundo, opened end 2014.

10 MITAD DEL MUNDO MONUMENT MUSEUMS QUITO, ECUADOR: Nestor Kirchner Building.

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

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