Missed it by that much!

Days: 236

Total distance travelled: 44,913.9 kilometres (27,896.83 miles)

Maxwell Smart is oft quoted with the line “Missed it by that much.”

Well it turns out that Ecuador, which not surprisingly (at least with its name) is dissected by the Equator, has been helping tourists do the same for many years.

Again not surprisingly, Ecuador has tried to cash in on this fact with a bit of a tourist trap called Mitad del Mundo.

It’s essentially a large monument, complete with equatorial line (seriously, a bright yellow line) just perfect for corny photos.

We figured that it was worth a visit, despite how corny it may prove, so thus found ourselves on a bus from Quito’s Trolebus terminus headed towards a location in 1 of only 11 countries in the world through which the Equator actually passes.

On approach to the monument at Mitad del Mundo

On approach to the monument at Mitad del Mundo

We arrived with low expectations, and as such, were therefore disappointed only by the fact that our entrance fee did not grant us access to the viewing platform atop the monument (apparently a museum ticket is required for that).

After some failed attempts at photography (with us holding the globe atop the monument) we settled for the tried and true shot of us straddling the big yellow line that marks the Equator.

Or does it?

For all the folk who do, or simply want to believe that it does, the reality is, it doesn’t.

Sadly, it apparently misses the mark, with the actually Equatorial line sitting about 240 metres to the north.

Yep, back in 1936 when the monument was erected, they really did “miss it by that much!”

Straddling the Equatorial line?

Straddling the Equatorial line?

Marking the fattest part of the Earth at 0' Longitude

Marking the fattest part of the Earth at 0′ Longitude

Oh well, we can’t always get it right!

We didn’t walk away disconsolate, after all, we knew that it was incorrect before we actually made our visit (although we thought it was closer to 100 metres off).

An ice-cream sandwich later, on what was a hot day made sure the spirits certainly remained high, and we sat down to watch with amusement some more foam fights as part of the Carnival festivities.

The foam saturation for Carnival continues

The foam saturation for Carnival continues



* It costs a ridiculously cheap $0.40 US per person each way to get to Mitad del Mundo by city metrobus.

* Higher priced tickets will include access to the Planetarium and Museum (for a view from the top you need a Museum ticket), however basic access to Mitad del Mundo cost us $3.50 US per person.

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10 Responses to Missed it by that much!

  1. theglobewanderers says:

    Wowzers – 240m is quite a miss! Great photo though… and at least you knew the deal before you went, that would have been pretty gutting if you’d found out later :). And ice cream solves everything!


  2. Marta Grilo says:

    It really is ridiculously cheap! Great post. I’m planning to go there in 2017

  3. Sanket D. says:

    HA! That’s quite a shame. Don’t know how they still end up promoting it then. But good job on the pictures. Quite funny actually 🙂

  4. Wow! I was actually not aware of this place…great to know about it! And i’s a pity that you just missed it..but nevertheless, a good experience:)

  5. Love this! It’s funny how many of these kinds of sites exist and how popular they are! We’d still probably go as well though…:)

  6. Ah! That’s disappointing! Hopefully you got to see other beautiful sights too 🙂

  7. Joella J says:

    Oh this brings back memories! We went there about 8 years ago now (wow I really can’t believe it was that long ago!). I, stupidly, forgot to put on sunscreen to go the equator (or, you know, near enough to the equator haha) and got insanely sunburnt! Hope you were more sensible than I was.

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