What I did not realize is that, due to GPS technology the location of the line was changed about 12 years ago! The revised equatorial line is about 240 metres away from the original. Considering that the first location was originally figured out in 1735, verified in 1936 and then moved slightly in 1979, 240 metres is pretty darn close!! They have created a great little museum at the actual equator (inti-nan solar museum) that gives information about some traditions of the Andean people who lived in the area, information about people who lived in the jungle areas as well as cool hands-on activities and information about being on the equator.
We saw the "true" line first and were fascinated by the information. Standing on the equator impressed me more than I thought it would!
|Chloe and Paul doing an experiment on the equator.|
Later that afternoon we went to the original line. We pondered how the organization (I am assuming the government) felt about the discovery and subsequent change in the location of the equator. About 25 years ago they had built a HUGE monument (30 metres tall stone monument with a 5 ton, 4.5 metre globe) and accompanying buildings containing restaurants, souvenir shops, a planetarium and bug museum.
|Chloe holding up the world at Mitad del Mundo.|