Intinan Museum, San Antonio de Pichincha

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#2 of 77 in Museums in Ecuador
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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  • August 16, 2017
    The 10 guides, becomes a journey through ecuador Aboriginal communities, known for its flora and fauna. When you reach the part referring to the half of the world become experiments entertaining, being the star standing an egg on the line of the Equator on the head of a nail, extending to who perform a respective certificate
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  • August 13, 2017
    This particular Museum is what's really on half the world. Here the experiences you always see in the books work. Very cool stories that the guides have. Don't do without guide so as not to lose the details and grace. A little patience and you put the egg on the head of the nail. Is very worthwhile.
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  • August 11, 2017
    When in Quito we went to visit this museum located at the very spot where the earth is at 000º degrees latitude.  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    Definitely worth the visit! Between learning about the lives of indigenous peoples, seeing an authentic shrunken head, participating in equator experiments, and balancing a egg on a nail, this place is a great deal at only $4 a person! Your ticket even gets you a 10% discount at the subway across the street, which adds to the value if you're in the mood for a sandwich. You are provided with a guide who walks you through the outdoor museum, providing lots of fascinating info. The experiments are a lot of fun as well. If you can balance the egg, you'll be given a stamped and signed certificate to mark the achievement! (And a free cookie at the subway I was talking about) While I still think it's worth the trip to Mitad Del Mundo down the street, I would advise against passing this museum up. You can do both in a just a few hours and take the bus back to Quito for a very cheap half day trip!
  • July 6, 2017
    One of the most amazing places I've ever been. Staff it's very nice and helpful. It's totally worth it to visit this place
  • July 7, 2017
    Great interactive exhibits for kids and adults.. We learned a lot while on the equator. Definitely worth a trip from Quito and a couple of hours.
  • July 12, 2017
    Fun, entertaining, educational a bit amusement park style which can be a bit cheesy. Overall best equator theme park.
  • May 25, 2017
    This is where you can see the actual equator line and not the fake one that's all built up and full of shops selling all the same things. The "science" is questionable but the tour as a whole is entertaining and enjoyable and we personally much prefered it to big fake center down the road.

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