Intinan Museum, San Antonio de Pichincha

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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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  • As you approach the museum, it appears to be pretty touristy. The guides impart a lot of knowledge in a fun way. You learn about the local culture as well. You will learn about the unique characterist...  more »
  • Great place to walk around and get a sense of the andean culture. They also did a couple of "experiments" to show you how gravity is different right on the equator and 4 feet either side.  more »
  • At first, this place seems like a tacky out-of-date tourist trap but once you begin the tour (and take the leap of faith), it's actually a lot of fun. The "experiments" on the actual equator are a bla...  more »
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  • 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.
  • in addition to being at the 0 latitude and getting a stamp in the passport, you can learn about the Ecuadorian history/culture (from hunting lifestyle of the waodani tribe to head shrinking from jivaro tribe) . there is also a short chocolate tour where you learn about the process and try a fresh sample . the Pacari chocolate is relatively cheaper here than at local shops or duty free at airport
  • Great quick guided tour about local native culture and phenomena that on the place for being Latitud 0°0'00” (be ready to learn about the Coriolis Effect)
  • They really enjoy charging 4 dollars to the tourists to then say to then a bunch of lies, like the water flow depends on the hemisphere north or south. That is amazing what people are willing to do to get money
  • 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!