…nothing more than that.
I have been living in Ecuador for five months in 2013 and as I felt myself as a traveler most of the time,
I wanted to go to the Middle of the world (Mitad del Mundo), to see the monument, make some pictures so that everybody home would know I was at Latitude 0°0’0’ and, most importantly, find out if the tricks and experiments 200m beyond the monument would really showcase the real equator line.
The shortcuts: as French scientists in the 17th century did not have GPS guides they just marked the first Equator line wrong. In the open sky museum “Inti Nan” you will be demonstrated that here is the REAL Equator line. But now from the beginning to end…
I am not writing this to persuade you out, I am not telling you not go there. You have to, because you only do it once in your life. But this is really it, because it is a very, very touristy attraction fenced in a park. Not to speak about the museums within the park which charge you for extra entry each and are only sometimes expanding your prior knowledge of the universe, star constellations or the history of the place. If you look for souvenirs or typical music go back to Quito and have it there for less and more choice.
Now the good news: You will feel cool around the monument; your friends will love your pictures. Make sure you have some mind blowing ideas in mind of what you want to do in front of the monument. And make sure you get crazy. If there was a spot for funny pictures than this is it. Thanks to Adam, my Czech travel mate to this point.
Then do not miss the museum “Inti Nan”, because the actual action is there. Hobby physicists among you will love that place and feel free to ask the guides that will take you to some interesting experiments to convince you that this is the real Latitude 0°0’0’. But, as usual, you also have to pay for entry here.
Feel also free to believe what you will see or not. You can do your own experiments. I am still not sure if the Equator line is just as thick as one meter. But the hurricane and egg experiments are worth the magic.
All in all this attraction is worth spending half a day including transport.