Latitude zero degrees the Equator! Yes, it is an interesting latitude and Quito, the capital of Ecuador is artistically placed by nature bang on top of it! A lush green valley and a steep ravine surround the city, with the Pichincha volcano to the west and the Machngara River to the east. When the day sets, the citys night sky is illuminated by a galaxy of a million city-lights. Here in Quito, the Equator is no more an imaginary line. Dividing the world into absolute halves is the yellow line of La Mitad del Mundo or the Middle of the World. Stand with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and other in the Southern Hemisphere do get yourself clicked with feet planted in both halves of the world! You can also visit the small ethnic museum located inside the pyramid-shaped building of the monument. For a more splendid view of the area, stand in the balcony of the museum. In Quito, other places of interest that you can visit are the Solar Museum and French Pavillion. Modern Quito is a city of two halves, in more ways than one. Check out the Old and the New Quito. Pay a visit to of the historic sites and the city's multitude of museums that preserve the bygone colonial era of Quito's Old Town. Or just hop around shops, cafes, and restaurants, cathedrals, colonial buildings, on the narrow cobbled streets. The New Quito, with its gleaming office buildings and bustling crowds of business people, is the heartbeat of the city. A multitude of other activities keep the city abuzz you can also undertake excursions, treks and hikes in the surrounding region. How about visiting a volcanic alley in the northern sierra of Ecuador, where the city rests in the Guayllabamba river basin? Quito is sorrounded by a number of volcanoes some of the more distinctive ones being Cotopaxi, Antisana, Sincholagua and Cayambe to the east and Illiniza, Atacazo, Pichincha and Pululagua to the west. And a volcano you wouldnt think of climbing the active Pichincha. Dividing the Earth into absolute halves, this fast-paced business hub dotted by volcanoes, forests and a surfeit of interesting activities will not let you leave unsatisfied. One-liner: Can you be in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere at the same time? Quito will tell you how.