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  • Address: Pichincha, Quito, Ecuador
  • Hours: Daily 9am–6pm
  • Admission: US$2. Ethnographic Museum and Solar Museum: US$3 each

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

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.

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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo, Quito, null
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

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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: 8 hours (approx.)

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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour, Quito, Day Trips
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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour

On this half day tour you will go to the “Mitad del mundo” (the middle of the world) museum. Here you can experience the effect the equator has on gravity in a ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
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Mitad del Mundo Tour in Double Decker Bus Including All Entrances, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mitad del Mundo Tour in Double Decker Bus Including All Entrances

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Ride on board of Quito Tour Bus to see some of the main highlights on this 7-hour tour. See the lookout point of the Pululahua Crater and enjoy a special trip ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
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Mitad del Mundo Half Day Tour, Quito, Day Trips
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Mitad del Mundo Half Day Tour

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

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

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

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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

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Equator Line Tour and Xtreme Activities in Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Equator Line Tour and Xtreme Activities in Quito

Enjoy of a full day by visiting the Mitad del Mundo to learn about the phenomena that only happen in the Equator Line, then go to enjoy of extreme activities ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour, Quito, Day Trips
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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour

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Tour the Equator aboard the only double-decker bus from Quito. Bilingual guides will lead you in the Middle of the World and the Ethnographic Museum, complete ...  Read more

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Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito

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The two main tourist attractions in Quito—go up on one of the highest cable cars in the world and visit the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo). ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
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Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument, Quito, Half-day Tours
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Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument

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Visit the colonial city of Quito and see the monument dividing the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere on this 9-hour tour.

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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

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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

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