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The Middle of the World

The city where you can step on both hemispheres

•location:
QUITO CITY

•type:

•country:
ECUADOR

•interest:

CULTURAL

HISTORIC AND ART MUSEUM

The Middle of the World

GALLERY - 

 
Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons Attribution
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ABOUT - 

The Middle of the World

The Middle of the World is the perfect place for a walk, because it emphasizes the exact location of the Equator, from which the country of Ecuador takes its name. It is located in the parish of San Antonio de Pichincha, at the north of Quito’s city. The main attraction of the place is the monument to the middle of the world, that reminds the French-Spanish geodesic mission of the 18th century that located the site where the Equator passes; but the ethnographic museum of the Middle of the World is also there.

 

The attraction complements with a small city around the monument called “Middle of the World City” (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo), which is a replica of a Spanish colonial village. In addition to this is important to name some other monuments that are located at the Equator, as they are: Catequilla Hill, the solar watch “Quitsato” and the ancient pyramid of Calacalí. The obelisk of the Middle of the World, which is 30 meters high, was built between 1979 and 1982. It ends in a globe of 4.5 meters in diameter and 5 tons. Inside it there is a small museum. There are four pavilions at the “Middle of the World City”. Pavilion “Oswaldo Guayasamín” has an exhibition of works by the famous Ecuadorian painter.

                                               

Another of the pavilions is France, where the Geodesic Museum is located. At the sun’s pavilion there is some information exhibited about Guayaquil and Cuenca cities. The visitors can enjoy a total of 11 different attractions, some of these are: the Planetarium, a mockup of colonial Quito, the Insectarium (First Insect Museum of Ecuador) and the Craft Beer Museum. During weekends and holidays the visitors can enjoy festivals, dances and some others artistic expressions at the town square.

 

GET THERE - 

The Middle of the World

• location:
QUITO CITY
•country:
ECUADOR
•region: 
SOUTH AMERICA

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Manuel Córdova Galarza avenue, km 13,5, at San Antonio de Pichincha Parish

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

18.4 km from Carcelén bus station or “Terminal Terrestre Carcelén” in the city of Quito to the “Middle of the World”, by Manuel Córdova Galarza avenue; 45,9 km from Quitumbe bus station or “Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe” in the city of Quito to the Middle of the World, by Mariscal Sucre and Manuel Córdova Galarza avenues.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

26 minutes by taxi from Carcelén bus station or “Terminal Terrestre Carcelén” in the city of Quito; 1h 22 minutes by taxi from Quitumbe bus station or “Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe” in the city of Quito. 1h30 minutes by urban bus from Carcelén bus station or “Terminal Terrestre Carcelén” in the city of Quito.

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

43,3 km from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in the city of Quito to The Middle of the World, by the Av. Manuel Córdova Galarza.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

50 minutes by taxi or by car from Mariscal Sucre International Airport in the city of Quito.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Quito city - 40km - 25millas

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Quito city`s airport - 40km - 25 millas

 

PRACTICAL - 

The Middle of the World

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

PLACE

• Class:

HISTORIC AND ART MUSEUM

• Type:

• Kind:

URBAN

2400

• Altitude meters:

7874

• Altitude feet:

• Minimum visit time in hours:

1

• Maximum visit time in hours:

3

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Monday to sunday, from 09h00 to 18h00.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • USD 7,50 nationals or foreigners (full package, 11 attractions).

  • USD 3,50 children less than 11 years old, elderly, foreign or national disabled persons.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Assisted selfguided visits.

  • Independient visit. 

  • Experiential journey.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending civic events. 

  • Attending folkloric events.

  • Attending artistic events. 

  • Attending sporting events.

  • Attending commercial events.

ENTERTAIMENT:

  • Shoping.

  • Attend shows.

SPORTS:

  • Walking.

  • Biking.

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A hat

  • Sunscreen

  • A camera

  • A video camera

  • Binoculars

  • Warm clothes depending on the weather

LOCAL CONTACT