Visit the middle of the Earth!
For an interesting day out head north of Quito to the official equator, where a tourist park gives visitors the chance to conduct wacky scientific experiments along the equator line painted on the ground, learn about the area’s history, buy gifts, and enjoy delicious local food. At 0˚ 0’ 0’’ latitude you can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere at the same time! On weekends the park is filled will all kinds of lively traditional cultural events, and droves of local artisans sell colorful hand-made souvenirs, stylish indigenous garments, and mouthwatering farm style ice-cream in all flavors imaginable. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try an ancient Inca soul cleaning ceremony and transport yourself back to pre-Columbian Ecuador. Taxis and buses in Quito shuttle between the city’s tourist areas and the Mitad del Mundo park, and guided tours are easily available from most hotels and hostels.