On our way from Hacienda Cusin, a restored 17th century hotel located in San Pablo, close to Otavalo, the city where the famous “you can’t leave Ecuador without visiting” Otavalo market is located to Quito, we stopped at the equator. The equator runs through Ecuador, South Africa and Indonesia, to name a few.
Normally, if you were to google “equator in Ecuador” you’d find this image:
When we arrived at the place to see this monument pictured above where the equator is supposedly located, I felt like I was about to enter a touristy theme park. We learned that the monument is not on the actual equator and is off by a few miles. Frankly, it wasn’t worth visiting. Entrance fee is $3 per person. And it’s not even really the equator.
We took a picture in front of the monument from the point where most tourists take their picture. But we had to wait as a woman was taking like literally 100 pictures of this other woman doing some weird poses in front of the monument… it was actually really funny.
Anyways, the equator worth visiting is located in Cayambe Ecuador, close to Otavalo and on the way to Quito. This is apparently one of the most accurate places to locate the equator. It’s called the Quitsato Sundial and just as its name suggests, it’s a giant sundial.
Entrance is free and Quitsato is a non profit organization so they take donations after they give you an informative presentation about the equator.
Here’s a Vine video shot at the equator. There’s the northern hemisphere, equator and southern hemisphere:
— Bethany Looi (@bethanylooi) October 21, 2013
During the presentation, we learned that you can only see certain constellations depending on which hemisphere you are in. But from the equator, you can see all the constellations. Another interesting thing is the map shown below. It’s sideways! The organization is teaching that the earth rotates like that and so that’s the way we should see the map. (something like that…)
And here’s a picture my mom took without my brother or I noticing. I was saving my Vine video I just shot. And my brother for some reason decided to take a nap on the equator:
I also used my phone’s compass to check what it’d say. And in fact, it did recognize that we were at the equator at 000 N.
Pretty cool, I must say 🙂