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Quito

capital city of Ecuador

50km

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Baños

human settlement

79km

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Otavalo

Small town one-and-a-half hours north of the capital; famous for its Saturday market of indigenous crafts and livestock.

103km

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Sangay National Park

, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

128km

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Sights

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Just outside of Quito is where the measurements were first made that proved that the shape of the Earth is in fact an oblate spheroid. Commemorating this is a large monument that straddles the equator called Mitad del Mundo or middle of the world. The entrance for the park is $3.50 (included entrance to small museums - April 2016). Visit here if you're interested in learning some alternative facts and seeing some kitsch. Because it's not on the equator itself, and it's not a serious cultural or educational experience. No, the water doesn't really go down the plughole the opposite way in the hemispheres, and if you want to take it seriously you won't enjoy your time here. For some of the attractions like the planetarium, the price is $7.50. You can also go to the Intiñan Solar Museum which is right next to the monument, on the other side of the north fence. The museum is actually on the equator. For $4 you can have a tour of this little museum.

75km

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Mindo, Ecuador

rural area in Pichincha, Ecuador

79km

-0.05119167-78.77830278

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve is 17 km north of Quito in the province of Pichincha of Ecuador.

79km

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Tungurahua

87km

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Chimborazo

volcano and highest mountain in Ecuador; the summit is the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center (as well as the closest point to the moon on Earth)

97km

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Cuicocha

lake in Ecuador

109km

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Cotopaxi

Ecuador
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi is a national park in the central Andes of Ecuador about 50 km southeast of central Quito. It is a popular hiking destination which is known for the active Cotopaxi and the dormant Rumiñahui volcano.

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