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Quitsato, Cayambe

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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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.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.The angles that form the geometric design of the eight-pointed star are given by the tilt of the Earth with respect to the ecliptic of the Earth, thus the platform itself also presents a reading of the celestial mechanics. Detailed positions of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as their respective axes, are presented.
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  • A private project passion for tourism, history, astrology and self-managed by its people. A great place to learn and discover the equator. It consists of a circular platform of 54 metres in diameter which forms a mosaic which draws an eight pointed star indicating the solstices and equinoxes.
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  • I love the look of the map, rediscover the ancient wisdom of native peoples, the interesting explanation of local guides and practice-based. Incredible view of the Cayambe volcano, unique in the world for being crossed by the equator.
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  • We made a brief stop at this scene but not stayed there because to stay there it is necessary to pay to receive explanations in English or Spanish. Having already visited the center of the world in Quito, we wanted not to re - listen to the same explanations, even if I think it might be worth it.
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  • Anyone looking for the Equator will here find it ;) - here is an extremely accurate measuring point and a huge Sundial. Unfortunately this place in the shadow of the official Monument near Quito stands. This is probably because that this place some kilometers away from Quito. But the actual Inorie is that the official monument is a good 200m in addition to the actual Equator. Here Quitsato is, however, hardly any more. And you get a really interesting explanation of the Sundial and the equator. Urgent recommendation on Ecuador travellers, which are not necessarily on the tourist hustle and bustle.
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  • You explained a vision different from the mapping. It is entertaining and pretty. None of the other world but worth paying with the information they give you.
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  • The true Center of the planet... and the unique original Sundial place where the mountains serve as a reference...
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  • Challenging and intriguing space independently managed on the cosmic knowledge of the incas and other indigenous peoples.
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  • Very interesting
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