Quito, Ecuador (9500 feet above sea level and 13 miles from the equator) ---For the first time in a very long time, there I was, land locked. But I was oh so close to standing on the actual equator. I felt like it would be a lot different than sailing over it. And I wanted exposure to this invisible place on the globe. So I got up early, caught a "share van", and set off to the Mitad del Mund (Spanish: Middle of the World).
The van dropped me outside gates which looked much like an amusement park entrance. Here you have two choices for standing at the equator; you can visit Mitad del Mundo or the Museo Solar Inti Nan both claim that they not only run along the equator but are the center point.
Why the different opinions? The development of modern technology.
|Mitad del Mundo's huge monument stands in the wrong spot|
However, I chose to visit a local private attraction to the north. The "GPS" spot. It claims to be built to mark the TRUE location of the equator.
They also had us balance eggs on the end of a nail and informed us that we weigh .2 pounds lighter on the line.