Mitad Del Mundo in Ecuador

Galapagos has a magical vibe to it. Each time I told people about my last travel, instantly I hear them wanting to see pictures of Galapagos. I felt like I was in a magical island in Galapagos and as I mentioned it felt like Disneyland to the nature addict in me. But Ecuador is more than just Galapagos. Ecuador gets its name because the equator is said to pass through Ecuador and a testament to that is the Mitad del Mundo or Middle of the Earth. The middle of the earth or Mitad del Mundo hosts a 30 feet tall monument representing the middle of the earth. It was later found that the equator passed 240 meters north of the equator line in Mitad del Mundo. In addition to the monument which faces the different directions, there are restaurants, shops selling Ecuadorian handicrafts and clothing, a Llama and planetarium
As an engineer and nerd, the middle of the earth was an absolute must see for me. We hopped on the hop on hop off bus, except in this case we weren’t hopping off anywhere because it was a day tour. We went to the middle of the earth and then traveled 200 meters north east to the Intinan Solar Museum. The Museum was a fun way to spend few hours playing gravity games. They had several games such as balancing an egg on a stick at the equator but my absolute favorite was walking the equator line with our eyes closed and feeling gravity’s pull. Ironically, gravity seems to not want us when we have our eyes open. It was nothing spectacular, but how often can one brag to have walked the Equator. Just for that one reason, the middle of the world was totally worth the long bus ride and the hype.

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