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  • Address: Pichincha, Quito, Ecuador
  • 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.

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Quito's Top Attractions Pass, Quito, null
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Quito's Top Attractions Pass

3 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Quito's Top Attractions Pass is a single pass that grants access to the top five (5) things to do in Quito, Ecuador. Save 15% on attraction entrances by ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.50
Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Attraction Tickets
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Learn about the history, architecture and customs of the people of Quito in this trip. You will have the best view of the city once up on the top of ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.00
Mitad del Mundo Half Day Tour, Quito, Day Trips
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Mitad del Mundo Half Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Join this 4-hour private tour to Mitad del Mundo and its surroundings to experiment the phenomena that only happens in the Equator Line!

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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
Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator, Quito, City Tours
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Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 48 Reviews

Immerse yourself in mesmerizing Quito during this private full-day tour of Old Town. Follow an experienced local guide through Centro Historico, the captial’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour, Quito, Day Trips
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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 Reviews

Tour the Equator aboard the only double-decker bus from Quito. Visit Pululahua, the viewpoint of the crater, one of only two inhabited craters in the world. ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.50
Mitad del Mundo Tour in Double Decker Bus, Quito, Day Trips
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Mitad del Mundo Tour in Double Decker Bus

Ride on a double decker bus to see some of the main highlights in Quito on this 7-hour tour. See the lookout point of the Pululahua Crater and explore the the ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.00
Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Visit the Equatorial Monument at the dividing of the northern and southern hemispheres. The 30-meter Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.00
Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument, Quito, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument

Visit the colonial city of Quito and see the monument dividing the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere on this 7-hour tour.

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

From USD $47.00
Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Volcano Hike, Quito, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

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

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 8 Reviews

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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