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Quitsato, Cayambe

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • We stopped by after riding horses in Cayambe and really enjoyed this spot! Not only is it the REAL equator (not that tourist trap in Quito) but it's very educational. A staff member gave us an interes...  more »
  • This is the third Equatorial line that I visited, and most likely THE line (the other two are the more toursity attractions, La Mitad del Mundo and the Initan Museum). The sundial that's on the Equato...  more »
  • Forget that tourist trap ripoff in Quito this is the real deal and your GPS will confirm it too! Not only that this is a community run non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public as well...  more »
  • 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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  • Your information about the Quitu face culture and being really in the middle of the world.
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  • Half of the real world, and if the weather permits you can see the Cayambe volcano
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  • It explains a different view of 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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