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El Mitad del Mundo 0°00′07″S 78°27′21″W

Posted by Susanna On October - 29 - 2010

Back in Quito I decided I didnt wanted to miss out to do THE photo staying on the equator after I had done the photo on the 180° meridian in Fiji where I stood bewteen today and yesterday. So I took a few buses which cost only in between 15 and 25cents to the middle of the world – El Mital del Mundo 0°00′07″S 78°27′21″W. It is simply one of those sites you just do for have them done and while you already there. Besides I personally found nothing special about it. First of all you pay not just entry for the park – you pay for everything else as well. The park is not that extraordinary. On the point where the equator passes through the country they build between 1979 and 1982 the 30-meter-tall monument. At least that is where they thought it was back then. Meanwhile we have GPS and people found out that the equator is placed about 240 meters north of the marked line. Around that monument are lots of handicrafts stores but they just sell the average stuff. You can try to balance an egg on a nail because people think here it is easier but in reality it’s just some tourist entertainment nothing more.

Mitad del Mundo

Close by is the crater of the volcano Pululahua in which people live and have there farms. It is a very simple life. I got a private tour of a tour company since nobody of the people at the Mitad del Mundo was willing to go and I actually enjoyed having my own guide and driving in a private car instead of a bus. I heard that the school teacher for example walks everyday down the long dirt road for about an 1h and after school up back to Quito. She said she doesn’t want to give up her city life for moving into the crater. The crater is one of two inhabited craters in the world and it is still active.

Pululahua

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