Have you ever missed somebody so much, that you wished you could just reach across the distance to grab them by the hand?
Or have you ever wished that you could be in two places at once?
When you’re standing on the Equator, anything is possible! Just outside of Quito, you can stand on the dividing line between the north and south hemispheres. Therefore, enabling you to have one foot on each side of the globe. Or, as you can see with our kids, it is possible to hold hands with someone on the other side of the planet!
The opportunity to stand at 0’0’0″ latitude, it a unique one for sure! When a time like this arrives, there is nothing else to do but seize the moment!
It cost us each 7 or 8 dollars, and the kids were free, to stroll around the gardens encompassing the momument to the Equator. The park was full of sculptures, indigenous tourist shops, restaurants, museums, and exbits. For an additional fee you can buy the pass that allows full access to all of the museums, and planetarium, as well as a tour of the interior of the monument that takes you to a sky deck. It seems that a half or even full day could easily be spent on the grounds, although we opted to take a leisurely stroll through the premises only spending about an hour there.
Whichever your preference, it is great icon of Ecuador full of incredible memorable photo ops. The kids even enjoyed playing on a playground and viewing the llamas that live here. Plus, it was a great way to talk about maps, locations, geography, and the flags of other countries.
Ciudad Mitad del Mundo , the Monument on the Equator