Monday, October 20, 2008

Celebrity Xpedition - Day 2 - Equatorial Line Monument

Following lunch at El Crater we boarded our motor coaches for a short ride to the Middle of the World (la Mitad del Mundo)Monument. This famous monument marks the equatorial line: the centre of our planet earth: 0˚-0'-0" Latitude. It is possible to straddle both hemispheres at the same time.

This 30-meter-tall monument, located 10 kilometers north of the city of Quito, Ecuador, marks one of the points where the equator goes through the country. Inside the monument is a musuem about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador. The first thing we did when we got inside the musuem was to take the elevator to the observation deck which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.

After touring the museum we did some shopping at the boutiques located on the grounds of the monument. A special Equator passport stamp is available at the museum. The stamp is also available at the Celebrity Xpedition hospitality desk at the JW Marriott Hotel.

This stop concluded our Qutio tour. We boarded the motor coaches and returned to the hotel where we had some free time before our group dinner.

Learn more about our trip: Diary of Celebrity Xpeditions Galapagos

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