Quito Historic District & Middle of the World
See the essentials of Quito as your guide takes you on a tour through the city, visiting important churches in Quito’s heritage and a visit to the geographic Middle of the World! Get your cameras ready to take a photo with a foot on either side of the equator, and then try your hand at balancing an egg on the equator line. You’ll also learn about the significance of the equator’s location in Ecuador and the history of its discovery and mapping, along with some other cool equatorial experiments.
During our city tour we will visit Independence Square, known locally as La Plaza Grande. Since the most important powers of the colonial government are set here, including the presidential palace, the municipality of Quito and the Archbishop’s palace, along with the Cathedral, it is arguably the most important and powerful square in Ecuador.
We will then continue to San Francisco Square and church, where one of the most beloved Quiteñean legends comes to life – the Legend of Catuña and how he cheated the devil himself. Next, we’ll visit Panecillo Hill, where the “Winged Virgin” stands guard on top of the mountain and watches over one of the most beautiful cities of Latin America.
After a scenic, panoramic view of the city from this hill, we will travel to the Middle of the World: the point designated by the Geodesic French mission as the place where the earth was divided by the equator. Here, we will visit the famous monument, and we will have the unique opportunity to take a photo in both hemispheres at the same time. We will continue to the Intiñan Museum, where we can participate in some interesting experiments and challenges that can only be accomplished here, at the Middle of the World.