Five reasons why Quito should be your next travel destination
The enthralling city of Quito is situated 2,800 meters above the sea level, making it the most elevated official capital city on earth. This is the perfect scenery to find traditions, nature and history in one place. The best example is the Quito’s historic center that is among the largest, best preserved, and least altered in the Americas and beyond.
The city (along with Krakow) was also the 1st World Cultural Heritage Site as declared in 1978 by UNESCO. Quito is clearly a must-visit this year. To top it all off, here are five more reasons you’ll never want to leave the city if you pay it a visit.
1. The Middle of the World
The Middle of the World (or the La Mitad del Mundo) is perhaps the nation’s biggest claim of fame, given it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This is the location where Charles Marie de La Condamine, Pierre Bouguer, and Louis Godin first determined the equatorial line back in the eighteenth century.
Unluckily, their magnetic measurements were a bit wrong. Years later, GPS measurements showed that the real Equator line is located approximately 250 meters away from the shrine. Today, if you visit the location, you will find a signpost labeled “Ecuador; Latitud: 0° – 0’ 0’ “as calculated with GPS.
Regardless of this slight flaw, The Middle of the World remains a rather famous tourist travel destination. If you love or are interested in international lifestyles and the culture of Ecuador’s native people, I am confident you’ll love Ciudad Mitad del Mundo.
The Museo Etnografico (also situated in close proximity) features lots of ordinary items that represent indigenous customs, rites, and traditions. The museum pays attention to all three continental regions of the nation. From the observation deck, you will have a clear view of the Andes and its surrounding mountains, like Cayambe. However, most travelers who visit Mitad Del Mundo are more fascinated by The Middle of the Earth. They get to partake in distinct demonstrations and experiments that show the effects of the equator. The most famous is trying to balance an egg on a nail.