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Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. Entrance to the Middle of the World complex is included ,where you can enjoy experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. NOTE: On Sunday, this tour operates in an inverted way, first you visit the Middle of the World and then you have the city tour.

Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

Begin your 3-hour tour in the northern part of Quito and head up to the middle of the city. This is where you will find the monument that stands on the line that divides the northern and the southern hemispheres. The Equatorial Monument was built during the 17th century when the precise dividing line between the hemispheres was defined by a French expeditionary team.

Quito-Mitad del Mundo:Monumento,MuseodelSol,Cráter Pululahua

Quito-Mitad del Mundo:Monumento,MuseodelSol,Cráter Pululahua

The "Middle of the World" refers to a location in Ecuador where the Equator, the imaginary line that divides the Earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, passes through. Ecuador, as the name suggests, is one of the few countries in the world that is named after an equator line. There are two main places in Ecuador associated with the Equator: Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World Monument): This is one of the most famous sites related to the Equator and is located about 26 kilometers (16 miles) north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The Mitad del Mundo complex includes a monument marking the Equator, as well as a museum and various other attractions. The monument is a large structure that serves as a popular tourist spot for visitors to take photos and participate in various experiments demonstrating the effects of being at the Equator. However, it's important to note that modern GPS technology has determined that the actual Equator line is a few hundred meters north of the monument. Still, it's a fun and educational place to visit. Intiñan Solar Museum: Located nearby the Mitad del Mundo complex, the Intiñan Solar Museum claims to be situated precisely on the Equator line, as determined by GPS technology. It offers a range of interactive exhibits and experiments, such as balancing an egg on the head of a nail and demonstrating the Coriolis effect, which supposedly shows water swirling in different directions on either side of the Equator. While some of these experiments have been criticized for not being entirely accurate, the museum provides an entertaining and educational experience. The Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is a unique natural attraction located in Ecuador, near Quito. It is known for its stunning volcanic crater, which is one of the few inhabited volcanic craters in the world. Here's some information about the Pululahua Crater: Formation and Geography: The Pululahua Crater was formed by the collapse of a volcano approximately 2,500 years ago. The resulting crater has a diameter of about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) and is characterized by its steep, fertile walls. The name "Pululahua" is derived from the Kichwa language and means "cloud of water," which is a reference to the frequent cloud cover that blankets the crater.

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Twenty minutes from the northwest of Quito you will find this amazing “Middle of the World” experience. You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have a chance to participate in several experiments on Intiñan Museum (such as watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial, etc…) In The Middle of the World city´s complex, you will be able to visit a fascinating ethnographic museum that gives a great overview of the many distinct cultures of this small country. You will also enjoy of the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the latitude zero inside of the Pululahua Geo-botanical Reserve.

Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

Board the Quito Tour Bus on Avenida Naciones Unidas in the heart of Quito, and then depart the city in the early afternoon. Journey to the Geobotanical Reserve of the Pululahua Crater at the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo complex. Visit the new Beer Museum, see a miniature model that celebrates the architectural beauty of the Historic Center of Quito and more. Finally, you will visit the Agave Museum where you will have a tasting of this ancestral drink. Return to the start point in the evening.

Summits and Culture in Quito Cable Car & Middle of the World

Summits and Culture in Quito Cable Car & Middle of the World

Embark on a thrilling ascent via Quito's Cable Car, soaring to 4200 meters for breathtaking vistas. Begin your journey at the iconic Teleférico, the highest cable car in South America. Gondolas provide a thrilling ride, surrounded by the majestic Andean peaks. Upon reaching the summit, step into the ethereal Cruz Loma sector. Take a leisurely walk, absorbing the awe-inspiring views and connecting with the natural beauty that surrounds you. The crisp mountain air and the vastness of the scene make this a truly unforgettable experience. Descend to the historical Mitad del Mundo, a site commemorating the French Geodesic Mission's 18th-century measurement of the equator. Delve into Ecuador's rich history and the significance of being at the crossroads of the northern and southern hemispheres. Explore the interactive Intiñan Museum, where quirky experiments showcase the equator's unique attributes. Wander through the city built straddling the equator, offering a unique perspective of standing in both the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously. Marvel at the iconic monument marking the precise location of the equator, capturing memorable photos in this symbolic spot. Gain insights into the indigenous cultures that thrived in this region long before the equator's discovery. Discover the harmonious blend of traditional and modern influences that shape Quito's vibrant cultural tapestry. Tailor your experience with optional add-ons like local culinary tastings or artisanal crafts shopping. Customize your adventure to suit personal preferences, ensuring a truly unique and personalized journey. This immersive tour seamlessly blends natural wonders, historical significance, and cultural exploration, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Ecuador.

Mindo Adventure & Sweet

Mindo Adventure & Sweet

Mindo is located northwest of Quito, is known as one of the attractions par excellence full of lush beauty and biodiversity, on the tour we will pass by the famous monument to the Middle of the World, the cloud forest of Mindo has a warm humid climate for being on the border between two regions; the Andes and the Ecuadorian coast. In our tour the first visit will be to the hummingbird refuge and orchid house, then we will climb to the top and practice canopy through the cloud forest, if we are lucky we can observe some types of birds flying with us, after this extreme experience, we will cross the tarabita to the other side of the river and walk along the path to reach the river and we will have the possibility to swim. After this refreshing adventure we return to the village to go to the artisan chocolate factory to learn all the processes of its elaboration.

Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

Pick up from the hotel in Quito. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where we will make a brief stop to visit it. After walking through the colonial streets, we will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. We will also visit the Company Church, The Sagrario´s Church, and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century, you will also have the chance to taste Ecuadorian chocolate. After visiting the historical sights, we will go to Teleferico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy our city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains, and the capital, Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m), you will enjoy magnificent views of the city. After lunch, you will head to the Middle of the World monument, where you can stand right in the middle of the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition, you will have a chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. You will also enjoy the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the Equatorial line. Return to Quito.

Discover Quito's Heartbeat & Stand on the World's Equator

Discover Quito's Heartbeat & Stand on the World's Equator

8.00 Pick up from your Hotel 8.30 Basilica de Voto Nacional 9:30 Plaza Grande 10:00 Compania de Jesus 10:30 Plaza de Sanfrancisco 11:30 Vist to the Panecillo 13.00 Arrive Monument Equator Line 13.30 Lunch 14:00 Museo Itinan Museo – Guided Tour 45 min 15:00 Visit Puluhua Crater 15:30 Return to your hotel

Middle of the World: Our most recommended tours and activities

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World

Begin by a visit to one of South America's best preserved historic city centers. Go to the Basilica del Voto Nacional Church, where you can climb up its high domes. Move towards the Panecillo viewpoint, an iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty and giant statue of the Winged Virgin - here you can admire a beautiful landscape of both colonial and modern Quito (entrance to churches not included). Continue on to the traditional La Ronda neighborhood. In this romantic setting you can find workshops where you can learn from a group of authentic artisans how their work is done. See historic trades that keep alive the cultural traditions of this charming city. Stop at Zona Rosa for approximately an hour and a half to have some free time for lunch (not included). You will then go to the Middle of the World City, where you can see the monument that divides the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet. Entrance to the Middle of the World complex is included ,where you can enjoy experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world. NOTE: On Sunday, this tour operates in an inverted way, first you visit the Middle of the World and then you have the city tour.

Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

Quito: Middle of the World Tour with Tickets

Begin your 3-hour tour in the northern part of Quito and head up to the middle of the city. This is where you will find the monument that stands on the line that divides the northern and the southern hemispheres. The Equatorial Monument was built during the 17th century when the precise dividing line between the hemispheres was defined by a French expeditionary team.

Quito-Mitad del Mundo:Monumento,MuseodelSol,Cráter Pululahua

Quito-Mitad del Mundo:Monumento,MuseodelSol,Cráter Pululahua

The "Middle of the World" refers to a location in Ecuador where the Equator, the imaginary line that divides the Earth into the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, passes through. Ecuador, as the name suggests, is one of the few countries in the world that is named after an equator line. There are two main places in Ecuador associated with the Equator: Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World Monument): This is one of the most famous sites related to the Equator and is located about 26 kilometers (16 miles) north of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The Mitad del Mundo complex includes a monument marking the Equator, as well as a museum and various other attractions. The monument is a large structure that serves as a popular tourist spot for visitors to take photos and participate in various experiments demonstrating the effects of being at the Equator. However, it's important to note that modern GPS technology has determined that the actual Equator line is a few hundred meters north of the monument. Still, it's a fun and educational place to visit. Intiñan Solar Museum: Located nearby the Mitad del Mundo complex, the Intiñan Solar Museum claims to be situated precisely on the Equator line, as determined by GPS technology. It offers a range of interactive exhibits and experiments, such as balancing an egg on the head of a nail and demonstrating the Coriolis effect, which supposedly shows water swirling in different directions on either side of the Equator. While some of these experiments have been criticized for not being entirely accurate, the museum provides an entertaining and educational experience. The Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is a unique natural attraction located in Ecuador, near Quito. It is known for its stunning volcanic crater, which is one of the few inhabited volcanic craters in the world. Here's some information about the Pululahua Crater: Formation and Geography: The Pululahua Crater was formed by the collapse of a volcano approximately 2,500 years ago. The resulting crater has a diameter of about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) and is characterized by its steep, fertile walls. The name "Pululahua" is derived from the Kichwa language and means "cloud of water," which is a reference to the frequent cloud cover that blankets the crater.

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Tour from Quito

Twenty minutes from the northwest of Quito you will find this amazing “Middle of the World” experience. You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have a chance to participate in several experiments on Intiñan Museum (such as watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial, etc…) In The Middle of the World city´s complex, you will be able to visit a fascinating ethnographic museum that gives a great overview of the many distinct cultures of this small country. You will also enjoy of the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the latitude zero inside of the Pululahua Geo-botanical Reserve.

Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

Quito: Full-Day Ciudad Mitad del Mundo Tour

Board the Quito Tour Bus on Avenida Naciones Unidas in the heart of Quito, and then depart the city in the early afternoon. Journey to the Geobotanical Reserve of the Pululahua Crater at the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo complex. Visit the new Beer Museum, see a miniature model that celebrates the architectural beauty of the Historic Center of Quito and more. Finally, you will visit the Agave Museum where you will have a tasting of this ancestral drink. Return to the start point in the evening.

Summits and Culture in Quito Cable Car & Middle of the World

Summits and Culture in Quito Cable Car & Middle of the World

Embark on a thrilling ascent via Quito's Cable Car, soaring to 4200 meters for breathtaking vistas. Begin your journey at the iconic Teleférico, the highest cable car in South America. Gondolas provide a thrilling ride, surrounded by the majestic Andean peaks. Upon reaching the summit, step into the ethereal Cruz Loma sector. Take a leisurely walk, absorbing the awe-inspiring views and connecting with the natural beauty that surrounds you. The crisp mountain air and the vastness of the scene make this a truly unforgettable experience. Descend to the historical Mitad del Mundo, a site commemorating the French Geodesic Mission's 18th-century measurement of the equator. Delve into Ecuador's rich history and the significance of being at the crossroads of the northern and southern hemispheres. Explore the interactive Intiñan Museum, where quirky experiments showcase the equator's unique attributes. Wander through the city built straddling the equator, offering a unique perspective of standing in both the northern and southern hemispheres simultaneously. Marvel at the iconic monument marking the precise location of the equator, capturing memorable photos in this symbolic spot. Gain insights into the indigenous cultures that thrived in this region long before the equator's discovery. Discover the harmonious blend of traditional and modern influences that shape Quito's vibrant cultural tapestry. Tailor your experience with optional add-ons like local culinary tastings or artisanal crafts shopping. Customize your adventure to suit personal preferences, ensuring a truly unique and personalized journey. This immersive tour seamlessly blends natural wonders, historical significance, and cultural exploration, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Ecuador.

Mindo Adventure & Sweet

Mindo Adventure & Sweet

Mindo is located northwest of Quito, is known as one of the attractions par excellence full of lush beauty and biodiversity, on the tour we will pass by the famous monument to the Middle of the World, the cloud forest of Mindo has a warm humid climate for being on the border between two regions; the Andes and the Ecuadorian coast. In our tour the first visit will be to the hummingbird refuge and orchid house, then we will climb to the top and practice canopy through the cloud forest, if we are lucky we can observe some types of birds flying with us, after this extreme experience, we will cross the tarabita to the other side of the river and walk along the path to reach the river and we will have the possibility to swim. After this refreshing adventure we return to the village to go to the artisan chocolate factory to learn all the processes of its elaboration.

Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

Private Tour: City Tour+Mitad del Mundo & Quito´sTeleferico

Pick up from the hotel in Quito. The tour will then continue from the Basilica Church, where we will make a brief stop to visit it. After walking through the colonial streets, we will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. We will also visit the Company Church, The Sagrario´s Church, and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century, you will also have the chance to taste Ecuadorian chocolate. After visiting the historical sights, we will go to Teleferico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy our city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains, and the capital, Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m), you will enjoy magnificent views of the city. After lunch, you will head to the Middle of the World monument, where you can stand right in the middle of the equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition, you will have a chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. You will also enjoy the amazing landscape in Pululahua inhabited crater just 5 minutes from the Equatorial line. Return to Quito.

Discover Quito's Heartbeat & Stand on the World's Equator

Discover Quito's Heartbeat & Stand on the World's Equator

8.00 Pick up from your Hotel 8.30 Basilica de Voto Nacional 9:30 Plaza Grande 10:00 Compania de Jesus 10:30 Plaza de Sanfrancisco 11:30 Vist to the Panecillo 13.00 Arrive Monument Equator Line 13.30 Lunch 14:00 Museo Itinan Museo – Guided Tour 45 min 15:00 Visit Puluhua Crater 15:30 Return to your hotel

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4.6
(113 reviews)

I did my tour with Javier and he was great! The drive there flew by as he provided detailed information about the seasons, equinox, and the equator itself of course and what the location means for gravity, centrifugal forces and so on. He took great photos and had an easygoing personable nature. Thank you Javier!

Great trip! Irene made sure we were informed about what we were seeing. The tour is the best one we did while in Quito! The Intinan museum was both informative and interactive.

He was very knowledgeable about Quito and the ride up was great! I’d come back and do this again !

Everything was excellent, very attentive and collaborative guide.

Excellent, very good guide Friendly and kind, recommended