La Mitad del Mundo
In 1736 Charles Marie de La Condamine made the measurements proving that the equatorial line ran through here (nearby, actually). His expedition’s measurements gave rise to the metric system and proved that the world is not perfectly round, but that it bulges at the equator.
Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua & Around
This 3383-hectare reserve lies about 4km northwest of La Mitad del Mundo. The most interesting part of the reserve is the volcanic crater of the extinct Pululahua. This was apparently formed in ancient times, when the cone of the volcano collapsed, leaving a huge crater some 400m deep and 5km across. The crater’s flat and fertile bottom is used for agriculture.