++Ecuador – there is another, cooler Middle of the world++
I arrived at a spot in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest that renewed my definition of a visit to the middle of the world.
In 2013, an hour before arrival time to the monument that is located about 30 minutes out of Quito, I became skeptical since I am not eager to get driven in front of the entrance of a pure tourist destination. I prefer to work harder to reach a destination.
The alternative could be a visit of the Cuyabeno National Park in Ecuador’s Amazon area. Like always, time is of course the decisive factor. Nevertheless, there are complete packages for a visit to Cuyabeno. Right in the Jungle you will visit indigenous communities, you will do animal safaris, learn a lot about the plants and you will sleep in authentic lodges surrounded by the everlasting sounds of the mighty forest. Guides are also included since us normal people will not be able to see anything but GREEN.
On one of those excursions by motorized boat you will reach a spot in the heart of the rainforest that appears like a miniature of the Quito-based “Mitat del Mundo” Monument. 160cm high with a little globe on top, the coating vanishing and exposed to endless humidity, this destination could be your middle of the world. It is by far not the main attraction of the excursion where you will learn more about flora and fauna and how mankind more or less handle all the different plants, insects and animals. Also, there is no museum, no evidence that it is really standing on 00°00‘00“. The statue is just there, surrounded by mighty trees and the sound. There are no restaurants, no semi-scientific experiments, no other tourists, only the small group you came with.