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  • Address: Pichincha
  • Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm, though hours may vary
  • Admission: US$2. Ethnographic Museum and Solar Museum: US$3 each

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Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

Who could resist the opportunity to visit the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) and have your picture taken as you straddle the equator! This complex, built to commemorate the site where a French explorer calculated the world’s equatorial line, may be a shameless tourist mecca, but it makes for a fun day trip from Quito.

Take the elevator to the top of the enormous, trapezoidal monument for great views of the surrounding countryside. You’ll also find a scale model of colonial-era Quito here too, which really helps you get a sense of the old town’s layout.

You’ll also find an Ethnography Museum and a Planetarium at Mitad del Mundo, as well as several tourist shops, bars and restaurants. On weekends, locals hang out in  the Middle of the World, which comes alive with folk music and dance shows.

Practical Info

The fact that the real point where the equator passes through Ecuador was later found to be about 240 meters north of the line at Mitad del Mundo should not deter you from visiting this complex, located some 23 km (14 mi) north of Quito, near San Antonio de Pichincha.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a full-day city tour of Quito and visit the famous Middle of the World monument, known as  Mitad del Mundo. You will be accompanied by a  ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $91.00

Mindo Cloud Forest Day Trip from Quito

Enjoy a full-day tour to Mindo from Quito and enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle. This is a great option to be in touch with nature and  enjoy of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour

Enjoy a charming tour to the monument of the Middle of the World in Quito. This historic place is full of life and colors and it is located at parallel zero ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $120.99

7-Day Private Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi and Surroundings

Enjoy a 7-day private tour in which you will explore Quito and visit its surroundings including Otavalo, the Middle of the World Monument, Quilotoa Lagoon, ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $832.00

Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Hike

Enjoy a day trip to the Middle of the World Monument and top it off with a hike in the Pululahua. This crater was declared a National Park in 1969, becoming ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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