Intinan Museum, San Antonio de Pichincha

(4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
Discover the true center of the Earth at Intinan Museum, providing fascinating insight into how Ecuador's indigenous peoples lived and worshipped the sun, as well as explaining some of the scientific quirks of the Equator. During the guided tour, you'll learn why water rotates in opposite directions on opposite sides of the Equator and why it's difficult to walk in a straight line along this imaginary line. To visit Intinan Museum on your trip to Quito, use our Quito holiday planner.
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  • Exciting and fun visit to the "world center line" where you get a glimpse into Ecuador's history while you get the opportunity to, among other things. to balance an egg on a nail.
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  • An interesting mix of cultural history, geographic uniqueness, and a booster for Ecuadorean chocolate, which is supposed to be the original chocolate, with apologies to Mexico. The demonstration at th...  more »
  • Since we rented a car to take us to the Equator (we saw it and shook hands, kissed, and hugged across it) we decided to take in this museum as well. It has more to do with the local culture than other...  more »
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  • This place is pretty dope. The owner who replied to Mr. Edson spoke admirably. (thanks google translate's chrome widget!) This place is pretty cool. The water think actually happens. A couple meters to the south of this "line" and the water went one way , on the line it went straight down and north it went the other opposite of the first way. You can also balance an egg on a nail. but i am sure if that is legit. haven't tried it again... I will go again. There is also a government sponsored (?) museum / monument place right next door. I recommend taking the city bus. pretty funny on there. once saw the collector yelling at some old dudes for drinking some local spirit, all the while holding said spirit behind there backs and when she would go and conduct her business they would gripe about the girl and take a swig. pass and swig... I tried the stuff on new years.. pretty fun. Honestly I love Ecuador, I am planning on starting a business there after graduation and a year to build capitol. Go to this place!
  • This is an amazing museum. It is cheaper than it's larger competition but it is the true "Mitad del Mundo" experience!
  • Tourist Trap, pure and simple. To be avoided in my opinion. Tour guides will try to take you here. Not very informative or interesting. The Coriolis effect demonstration (which way water spins when going down) is most assuredly only a slight of hand trick. There is a dead anaconda in some type of preservative liquid, a weaver that weaves a few strings and entices you to buy overpriced woven goods. Just not worth the effort in any way. (Note: It is correctly placed on the actual equator as opposed to the Mitad del Mundo—“Middle of the World” tourist attraction). We had more enjoyment from visiting the original equator monument at Parque Carlota Jaramillo in Calacalí (a very nice small town, no crowds, no admission fee, not a tourist trap). The original, smaller, Equator monument was moved to Calacalí when the current monument was built at Ciudad Mitad del Mundo.
  • This is at the true center of the world. Don't get sucking into the commercial tour location. This place is do worth the $6.00 (?) to visit. The do an essential oil chakra learning ceremony that was awesome! And you can buy the hand made essential oils afterwards. The passionfruit is intoxicating! Beautiful paintings all done with fingers. A must see while in Ecuador!
  • Of the 2 equator sites I found this the more fun. It's $4 to get in which gives you a tour either in English or Spanish. As others have pointed out there are some questionable scientific experiments and by questionable I mean some of demonstrations are just bit true. Either way the tour guide was friendly and they stamp your passport with an equator which is cool.