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

Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo)

Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador

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.

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Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
star-4.5
$118.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect!
This was my first Viator tour and Myriam was wonderful. Knowledgeable, fun, and flexible. The downtown area was closed during our tour but she was able to make changes on the fly and assemble an even better experience for us.
Jeremy_R, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Quito

star-5
Great day
Svetlana_D, Jul 2021
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Amazing, great, interesting, knowledgeable in history and not only in history Diego tour guide A big thanks from our family for such beautiful day
star-5
Great tour!
Gabrielle_R, Jul 2021
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Loved it. Francisco was so knowledgeable and accommodating. Try to do this tour after you've been in Quito for a few days. The altitude was a bit much for me to handle.
star-5
Excellent tour guide
Ronald_C, Nov 2020
Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Private tour
The tour guide was excellent and we had an amazing time. It did run on for about 7 hours but it was worth it just for the tour guide.
star-5
Equator & Gondolas
Patricia_H, Mar 2020
Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Private tour
Daniel was super! Found out what we wanted and customized timing to get it all done. Equator & gondola were fantastic!
star-5
Quito experience
Sara_D, Jun 2021
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Dante was very accommodating! We flew in so late that he allowed us to break the trip into two half days! Diego our guide and he was a wealth of knowledge! We loved all of the places we visited and there was even an additional chocolate tasting. When we all got hungry we stopped at a restaurant and ate together some topica food with the driver and guide and talked about life.
star-5
A fun day
David_L, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Museum, Pululahua Crater & Quito´s TelefériQo
We visited both the Government Mitad del Mundo Complex and the adjacent privet 0'0'0' latitude complex which was very interactive and fun.
star-4
Great tour, but keep in mind if you are doing the tour solo and no one else signs up, it costs extra
Sherman_P, Jul 2021
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
This tour was a great tour! My guide Carlos was really knowledgeable, cool, and fun to talk to. In addition to what was included in the tour, he took me to Casa Agave to learn about the history behind agave in Ecuador and we did a tasting of various agave products there. Since this wasn't part of the tour, I did have to pay $10 to get in. Museo Itiñan, Teleferiqo, and the historic center of Quito were all fun too! Got to see and learn a lot about Quito and Ecuador. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I didn't like that the agency didn't tell me until the night before that there was no other guests in the tour and that I would have to pay $75 extra to do the tour privately and $20 extra since I was getting picked up from Wyndham Quito Airport. I didn't mind paying these fees and I understand it's more costly for the agency to run the tour under these circumstances, but I would've liked it if they told me about it at least 2-3 days before instead of the night before so I could decide if I wanted to cancel or not.
star-5
Great Tour
Basanth S, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Quito City Tour
I had a great day exploring Quito and Mitad el Mundo with my guide. He was approachable, friendly and easy to relate with. He was also knowledgeable of the many attractions in his country. Keep up the great work!
star-4
See Quito Through a Local’s Eyes
Philip_R, May 2019
Full-Day Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito
This private tour was provided by a mother/daughter team, with the 17 year old daughter the guide and the mother the driver. They knew where to go for a comprehensive view of the attractions for tourists, although they would have adjusted to a specific request. The one difficulty for not getting five stars was the communication at the start. You have to be persistent in order to reach them in advance for a tour confirmation,
star-5
Mitad del mundo/teleférico Quito
James_P, Apr 2019
Private Tour: Mitad del Mundo Museum, Pululahua Crater & Quito´s TelefériQo
We went on a day trip with our guide, Diego in April 2019. Although the weather was a bit rainy that day, we enjoyed the experience greatly. Diego was very well informed in history, culture and nature. He explained everything very well in both English and Spanish. The time spent at the different sites was sufficient to get a good impression. I recommend this 100%
star-4
Interesting
Karen_A, Jul 2018
Mitad del Mundo and Puluahua tour, including entrances
It was a great experience. My daughter liked it a lot. It’s interesting to know why this place was picked as the middle of the world
star-5
Great way to see the highlights of Quito
Quantz_B, Feb 2021
Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Diego, my guide from Latin Adventures, did a wonderful job of explaining the history and architecture. He was able to answer all of my questions.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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