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Mitad del Mundo (visit the Equator in Quito)

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Quito, Ecuador.

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It might sound strange to people familiar with the layout of maps generally, but for people who live in Quito, the fact that they live on the equator makes them feel like they live at the centre of the world. Or some of them do anyway. Those that do have built a pretty cool monument to that (see above).

Of course no 'Centre of the World' monument is complete without the associated food and drinks stalls, souvenirs and information centre. Unfortunately for whoever decided where to place this monument (a decision which was made in 1982), it's in the wrong place. Actually a full 240 metres shy of the equator in a southerly direction.

Once you overlook this though there is a science-y element to it that they have got right, and that's all the interesting science facts about the equator that you can pick up from a visit here.

Written by  Simon Says.

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