Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) Tours

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The Middle of the World Monument (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once calculated the globe's equatorial line to be. Make a day trip from Quito to this tourist mecca to snap a share-worthy photo straddling the equator line where the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemispheres meet.

The Basics
Take an elevator to the top of the enormous, trapezoidal monument for great views of the surrounding countryside. You'll also find the Ethnographic Museum and Planetarium (additional fees required) and a scale model of colonial-era Quito here, which helps provide a sense of the Old Town's layout.

Most full-day and half-day Quito city tours make a stop here, while the Quito city attractions pass includes admission to the Mundo monument. Many tours conveniently combine a stop at the Mitad Monument with visits to El Panecillo, Cotopaxi Volcano, Cayambe Volcano, and the Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia La Compañía de Jesús).
  • Souvenir shops, bars, and restaurants on site.
  • Choose a tour with roundtrip transfers to avoid worrying about transport.
  • Both the monument and museum are handicap accessible.
  • Be prepared for lines and crowds at this popular destination.

How to Get to the Middle of the World Monument
Located about 14 miles (23 km) north of Quito near San Antonio de Pichincha, Mitad el Mundo is reachable by car, taxi, or public transportation.

When to Get There
The monument is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The site is predictably crowded during the high season of June through September, so if you want a solo photo op, it's best to make the trip first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. On weekends, locals hang out at the monument—watch the area come alive with folk music and dance shows.

Not Quite the Middle of the World
The exact location where the equator passes through Ecuador was later found to be about 262 yards (240 meters) north of the line at Mitad del Mundo. To visit the real equatorial line, check it out on your GPS-enabled device and head to the nearby Inti Nan Solar Museum, about five minutes away by car.
Location
Address: Pichincha, Quito, Ecuador
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Hours: Daily 9am–6pm
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Admission: US$2. Ethnographic Museum and Solar Museum: US$3 each
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

Get a sense for the architecture, history and culture of Quito during this 9-hour trip visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south. This Quito city trip includes entrance fees at select attractions, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mitad del Mundo Half Day Tour

Straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo’ with a stop at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum, and see the on-site Ethnographic Museum chronicling the people of Ecuador. You’ll also get a chance to admire the beautiful landscape of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve during a brief stop. This trip includes a guide, Intiñan Museum entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport and optional upgrade for a private tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour

Hop aboard Quito's only double-decker bus and make your way to Mitad del Mundo for this 7-hour tour of the equator. You'll stop at Pululahua for stunning crater views, and enjoy VIP access to the Middle of the World Monument, where you can straddle two hemispheres. This tour runs daily and includes a private bilingual guide.
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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour

The Equator line and the Pululahua Crater are two of the most visited attractions around Quito. This private half-day tour combines both, with a visit to the Intiñan Equator Museum, followed by a scenic tour of Pululahua. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

See where the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres on this tour of the Middle of the World Monument from Quito. Follow your guide and driver to this attraction that was built to honor a French expedition and explore the on-site museum where numerous Ecuadorian crafts and items are displayed. This three-hour tour highlights one of Ecuador's most popular attractions and allows travelers plenty of time for exploring, shopping and learning, too.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Transport to Middle of the World, Intiñan Museum and Teleferico

Traveling between Quito and the dispersed monuments that surround it can often be a hassle. Eliminate the stress of public transport with an organized ride between the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo), Intinan Museum, and  Teleférico Quito, South America’s highest aerial lift. Watch the sunset from Teleférico Quito, where the tour concludes. Please note, entrance fees are not included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

When the French Geodesic Mission surveyed the equator in 1739, they declared the spot of this monument outside Qutio as the Middle of the World. With this full-day tour from Quito, enjoy a day away from the city as you visit the Middle of the World monument, as well as the real Latitude Zero 787 feet away. You’ll have time to visit the Ethnographic Museum and the Inti Nan Museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Equator Line Tour and Xtreme Activities in Quito

Spend the day touring some of Quito's top attractions and experience the thrill of enjoying extreme activities during this full-day option that's perfect for first-time visitors. Straddle two hemispheres at the Middle of the World, volunteer for experiments at Intiñan Museum, then soar over jungle canopies and scenic landscapes on a Tarzan Swing in one of the surrounding valleys.
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Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Volcano Hike

Experience the incredible geography and scenery of Ecuador during this full-day trip covering Pululahua National Park and the country’s ‘Middle of the World’ equator monument. Start your excursion by straddling both the north and south hemispheres at the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ site marking the earth’s equator. Then head to Pululahua, a geo-botanical reserve inside a dormant volcano where you can observe more than 50 species of exotic plants and more than 20 different types of animals. This trip also covers a guide, activities, entrance fees, bottled water, round-trip hotel transport and an optional lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Quito and Middle of the World

Travel to the Middle of the World with a stop at Mitad del Mundo after a personalized tour of Quito. First, a private guide provides insight on the capital city’s historical center, including its World Heritage–listed monuments and churches. After a hike to El Panecillo, a lookout point above the city and home to La Virgen de Quito statue, you’ll stand at the Equatorial monument—0 degrees latitude.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mitad del Mundo Tour in Double Decker Bus Including All Entrances

Cover the highlights of Quito, including the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo), the Intiñan Museum, and the Pululahua Crater, on this double-decker bus tour. During the full day, you'll learn about the landmarks and popular attractions in Quito from your guide and enjoy VIP access to all of the attractions in the Middle of the World Complex.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Quito Old Town Tour with Gondola Ride and Visit to the Equator

This popular private tour hits all of Quito's top attractions. Follow your expert local guide through the capital city's historic district, stand on the equator and ride on the highest gondola in South America. This full-day experience is perfect for travelers who want to gain insight and understanding into the history and culture of Quito.
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Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument

Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the San Fransisco Monastery on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Otavalo Cayambe Equator Cuicocha Full-Day Cultural Trip

Get a taste for the indigenous culture and amazing scenery of Ecuador during this 10-hour trip covering variety of cultural and natural sights. Stop at a viewpoint with views of Cayambe and Cotopaxi, then check out the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ monument located directly on the earth’s equator. You’ll also explore Cuicocha Crater Lake, visit a local biscuit factory and go shopping at the indigenous markets at Otavalo and Cotacachi. This Ecuador sightseeing trip also includes lunch, a guide and round-trip transport from Quito.
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Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour

Explore the historic sights of Quito, including its iconic ‘Middle of the World’ monument situated on the equator, during this full-day private tour. Start your day in the Old Town section of Quito, visiting two of its top churches, La Compañía and San Francisco, and checking out the government palace. You’ll then head to the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ (Middle of the World) monument, marking zero degrees of latitude, where you’ll explore the Intiñan museum and a number of on-site attractions dedicated to this unique geographic location. This Quito city excursion also covers round-trip hotel transport, a private guide and vehicle and entrance fees.
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Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off all of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center; admire landmarks such as Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Monastery, and the Panecillo; then walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Quito's Top Attractions Pass

See the best of Quito with this Top Attractions Pass that grants unlimited access to five of the city's top sites. Save 20 percent on entrances when you purchase this pass--and skip the lines upon arrival! It's the best way to see Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World), Capilla del Hombre and Museu de la Ciudad y El Carmen Alto, plus other popular landmarks. Whether it's your first time in Quito, or you're a seasoned traveler in Ecuador, this tour is not to be missed!
  • Duration: 180 days
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Pululahua Crater and Middle of the World Monument from Quito

Tick off two of Ecuador’s top attractions in one day during a full-day tour of Pululahua crater and the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo) from Quito. Ascend to a lookout point above Pululahua crater, one of only two inhabited craters in the world, and spend the day exploring the Middle of the World Monument (Mitad del Mundo) complex, where the North and South Hemispheres collide. Your tour also includes access to the planetarium and the Equatorial Museum.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito

Journey to the Middle of the World on this memorable tour that stops at the Pululahua Crater, Intinan Museum and more. You'll learn about local customs and traditions from a friendly guide and capture panoramic city views of stunning Quito from atop Teleferico.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo

Cover historic Quito and nearby Mitad del Mundo in one day on foot and by car. Visit Quito's Basilica, one of the largest neo-Gothic churches in the Americas, Independence Square, gold-covered La Compañia Church, San Francisco Square, and the historic architecture, cafes, and shops of cobblestoned La Ronda Street. Drive up Panecillo Hill to see the 18th-century sculpture of the Virgen of Quito, then continue to the geographic center of the world at Mitad del Mundo.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Equatorial Line Tour

Enhance your experience of the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) on a private 3-hour tour from Quito. Alongside a local guide, you’ll visit the Intiñan Museum to learn about the discovery of the equator and then straddle the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo). Private hotel pickup and drop-off in Quito are included.
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Middle of the World and Pululahua Horseback-Riding Tour

Visit two Ecuadorian attractions in one day on this 9-hour combo tour from Quito. First head to the 'Middle of the World,' or 'Mitad del Mundo' in Spanish, to learn a bit about local culture. Then take a horseback ride through the Pululahua Crater to discover its lush landscape, which makes it one of the only calderas in the world where inhabitants farm. Equipment and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Otavalo Market and Cotacachi Volcano

Get a closer look at indigenous Ecuadorian culture on this private full-day tour. Explore the regions north of Quito and visit the extensive Otavalo Market, the biggest indigenous market in South America, where you can peruse the stalls and purchase local handicrafts. Then head to the Cotacachi Volcano and its crater lake and take in the beautiful rural landscapes before heading back to Quito.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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