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La Mitad del Mundo: the Middle of the World

On and around the equator

Immediately after our trip to Otavalo, Christine and I went to the Mitad del Mundo: the Middle of the World. This is the place where French Explorer Charles-Marie de La Condamine calculated and determined the equatorial line to be. In 1936 a monument was erected to commemorate this spot. The original monument was then replaced with the current monument in 1982. However, with the help of GPS technology the equatorial line is actually 240 meters north of the Mitad del Mundo monument.

Always meeting in the middle

Where the northern and southern hemispheres meet

Killing time inside the museum while it rained outside

Giant beetle trying to escape the 9 to 5

Penis fish typically found in the Amazon river. It is not advised to pee while in the water as you might get an unpleasant surprise

Balancing an egg on a nail aligned on the equator

On the real equator line!

Posted by TravellingFries 23:23 Archived in Ecuador

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Love the pics! Especially the crater ones :)

by Alfred

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