Quitsato, Cayambe

#100 of 221 in Things to do in Pichincha Province
The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe, 47 km at North of Quito. It was built in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 as an independent, non-profit project in a 24756 ft² (2300 m²) area. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. The expositions are carried out by community members as a self-sustaining project. According to Google Maps, the central pillar is 4 meters below the true equator.StructureIt consists of a circular platform of 177.64 ft (54 m) in diameter which forms a mosaic of light and dark pebbles drawing an eight-pointed star that indicates the solstices and equinoxes, plus intermediate lines pointing to the cardinal directions. In the center of this platform there is a 10 m (32.80 ft) and 1.30 m (4.27 ft) diameter cylindrical orange tube which serves as a gnomon, pointing to the corresponding hours and months of the year in the platform according to the shadow cast by the Sun. The ten meter high gnomon represents the metric system, based in the meter which in its beginning was intended to be the result of one ten-millionth of Earth's quadrant. The aim of the color difference between the stones, apart from showing equinox and solstice lines, is to explain the meaning of albedo and its use in astronomical study. The Equator line is drawn by using smaller, darker pebbles between two metal plates.
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52 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    Pretty fun place, it has much important information to share. Really not know at least 70% of the information that gave us the Guide. Support buying guides that offer
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  • August 11, 2017
    It is here where it is placed the Equatorial line that divides the planet. An attractive and interesting place you can see the Cayambe in the distance, they have a Museum and a guide that explains certain features of the site.
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  • July 5, 2017
    Forget the tourist trap "equators" & trips offered to you in Quito, this is the true equator. It is a community run non-profit organisation that educates the public & researches archaeologically signi...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Nice, informative stop. Good view of Cotopaxi and the sundial. Interesting take on representation of the globe: sideways from the usual depiction of the equator running horizontally with a vertical axis of spin.
  • June 20, 2017
    This is a far better option than the tacky one near Quito. Only complaint was that the booklets and dvd on offer were way too expensive.
  • April 18, 2017
    A must see
  • May 15, 2017
    A cultural-turistico site located in the middle of the world. 54 meters in diameter circular platform. According to historians this is half the world. The other is just for the photo.
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  • June 21, 2017
    Good place
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