Where is the Centre of the Earth?
Just over an hour travelling and changing buses mid point we arrived at the Centre of the Earth (Mitad del Mundo), 26 km north on the outskirts of Quito.
The monument stands 30 metres tall and was constructed between 1979 and 1982. The globe on top weighs an incredible 5 tonnes and it is 4.5 metres in diameter. The white line dissects the East and West face. Original data states that the equator passed through these two sites but recent GPS products states that the equator lies 240 metres north.
The day that we visited the Centre of the Earth there were renovations undertaken inside the monument in the Museum on the 2nd floor but we still had to pay the full price for admission to the monument including the museum. There is a great 360 degree view from the top of the monument accessed by a lift internally.
Mitad del Mundo (Centre of the Earth) has become a major tourist attraction of Quito. There are plenty of souvenir shops, restaurants and even a planetarium in the grounds. There are tours from Quito but you can quite easily do it yourself with the local buses for a tenth of the tour price.
Costs: USD6.00 per person entry fee to the Museum and top of the monument
USD2.00 return for the local bus
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