Quitsato, Cayambe

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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  • Very interesting attraction between Quito and Otavalo. The site without you it's no big deal, but make sure that after hearing the explanations of the guides you will see the world in a different way.
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  • Our visit to the true Equator Latitude 000. Quitsato Sundial. Cayambe, Ecuador. Excellent guide to teach you everything about the Equator, the stars and Earth.  more »
  • To be able to stand on the Equator just blew my mind. I took a picture of me straddling the equator, one foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern hemisphere. It was so cool to list...  more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A must see
  • 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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  • Good place
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