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

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Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)
The Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) commemorates the site where the 18th-century French explorer Charles Marie de la Condamine once calculated the globe's equatorial line. A trapezoidal monument in the center of the park houses a viewing platform; a small museum on the equator pays tributes to local indigenous cultures.

The Basics
While most visitors come to the Middle of the World for a photo op with one foot in either hemisphere, there’s more to this day-trip destination than just a painted line. The 98-foot stone obelisk, which contains an Ethnographic Museum, is surrounded by a replica of a traditional Amazon village. Visitors will also find a small planetarium, a scale model of colonial-era Quito, a Craft Beer Museum, and Cocoa Museum, all on-site. Many Quito sightseeing tours include a visit to the Middle of the World Monument, but you can also combine your visit with some shopping at the Otavalo craft market or a Pululahua Volcano hike.

Things to Know Before You Go
The Middle of the World Monument offers a fun photo op for first-time visitors.
Be prepared for lines at the ticket office; this is one of Quito’s most popular attractions.
The monument and museum are both wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Located about 14 miles (23 kilometers) north of Quito near San Antonio de Pichincha, Mitad el Mundo is reachable by car, taxi, or public transportation. Skip the transport hassle by choosing a tour with hotel pickup and drop-off.

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

The Real Middle of the World

Technology has come a long way since 1736, and modern GPS satellite technology has placed the real equatorial line about 980 feet (300 meters) north of the present-day monument. To visit the real equatorial line, check it out on your GPS-enabled device and head to the nearby Intiñan Solar Museum, which is five minutes away by car.
Address: Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador
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Mitad del Mundo Entrance

A visit to the Mitad del Mundo—the ‘Middle of the World’—park is one of the most popular day trips from Quito, offering the unique opportunity to stand right on the equator line. This flexible ticket lets you visit at a time that suits you, avoid the ticket queues, and enjoy full access to the Mitad del Mundo park. Look out over the northern and southern hemispheres from the observation deck, learn about Ecuadorian culture at the museum, and visit the planetarium and insectarium.
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City Tours

Middle of the World Tour with Tickets & Hotel Pick-Up

See where the equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres on this tour of the Middle of the World Monument from Quito. Climb aboard a 20th-century replica tram to head to the museum built to honor a French expedition and where numerous Ecuadorian crafts and items are displayed. This tour highlights one of Ecuador's most popular attractions and allows travelers plenty of time for exploring, shopping, and learning, too.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Day Trips

Mitad del Mundo Tour with Tickets

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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Cultural Tours

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MIDDLE OF THE WOLD TOUR

It is a private tour, where the Middle of the World is known, where the tourist will be respected in the activities that he wants to do
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Walking Tours

Full Day 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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Day Trips

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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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Day Trips

Middle of the World Half-Day Tour from Quito Including Entrances

Cover some of Quito's highlights, including the Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) and the Pululahua Crater, on this double-decker bus tour. During the half-day tour, 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Half-day Tours

Mitad del Mundo Tour and Quito´s Teleférico

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Cultural Tours

Private Middle of the World (Mitad del Mundo) and Pululahua from Quito

Receive undivided attention from your guide on a private 4-hour tour of the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo) and Pululahua, one of only two inhabited craters in the world. Departing Quito, you’ll travel to the Equator in a private vehicle and observe experiments that demonstrate the unique properties of the Equator. Then, you’ll proceed to the achingly green Pululahua crater to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Bottled water and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Full Day Middle of the World, Cable Car and Quito City Tour

Enjoy the most complete full day trip in Quito, and have a memorable life experience! Discover Quito's top attractions escorted by a knowledgeable certified local tour guide... and enjoy the comfort of a private and safe transportation!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours

Full-day Tours

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

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 Independence Plaza 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Private Sightseeing Tours

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Self-Guided Scooter Tour of Quito & Mitad del Mundo

Experience Ecuador’s “Middle of the World City” on this self-guided motor scooter excursion. After a quick safety briefing, head to Mitad del Mundo—the precise location of the equatorial line—and visit the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres. Check out a museum that tackles the physics and folklore of the area, tour a dormant volcano in South America’s first national park, and explore other sites in and around Quito.
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  • 3 to 24 hours
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  • 3 to 24 hours

City Tours

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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Half Day Tour to Mitad del Mundo

Straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo.' Try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum. This trip includes a guide, Intiñan Museum entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and an optional upgrade for a private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Full-day Tours

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Middle of the World and Quito Private City Tour

Visit two of the world’s most interesting locations on a full-day private tour. First, visit one of only two inhabited volcanic craters in the world and see how locals are living. Then, head to the Intiñan Museum to visit the exact division of the northern and southern hemispheres at 00º 00’ 00”. Lastly, head to Quito for a tour of the world’s first UNESCO-listed city and learn about its rich history.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours

City Tours

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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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Day Trips

Pululahua Viewpoint and Equator Line half day tour 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

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Full Day Mitad del Mundo Tour & extreme Activities in Nayon Valley

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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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

3-Days Stay in Quito Private Tour

Dive head first into the sights of Quito on a private three day tour. With airport pickup and drop-off, two nights of accommodation, and all transportation included, you don’t need to waste a moment planning logistics.  Simply follow your guide and enjoy the comprehensive itinerary, including a tour of the UNESCO listed historical city center. While visiting the highlights, get a photo of yourself straddling the northern and southern hemispheres.
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days

Attraction Tickets

Quito's Top Attractions Pass with Airport Pick-Up

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!
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  • 2 to 180 days
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  • 2 to 180 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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City Tour en Quito - Panecillo, Teleférico y Mitad del Mundo!

El tour incluye una visita a la Virgen de El Panecillo, ubicada en pleno corazón de la ciudad, desde donde se puede observar el sur, centro y norte de la urbe. A continuación, una visita a la principal atracción de Quito: el Monumento a la Mitad del Mundo, el cual tiene como finalidad el resaltar la ubicación exacta de la línea ecuatorial o ecuador, del cual el país toma su nombre. Adicionalmente, también podrás visitar los museos Intiñán y Templo del Sol. Las entradas a estos dos lugares no están incluídas dentro del precio del tour.Antes de finalizar el tour visitarás el cráter del volcán Pululahua, el cual es uno de los muy pocos cráteres habitados en el mundo y se encuentra dentro de una de las reservas geobotánicas más importantes del país. Es posible que el orden de las actividades se cambie, para aprovechar mejor las condiciones del clima.El precio aplica para grupos de dos o más pasajeros.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours


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