Museo de Sitio Intiñan

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Paulovic Paulovic
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Interesting and fun museum May 15, 2009
Who comes as far as Ecuador, has to go at least to the Equator which is just about 20km from the capital Quito. Exactly on the Equator line is the Museo Solar Inti Ñan situated. It's a museum which is very interesting and also very nice for people from all ages. Also kids will love it.

There is a line drawn on the ground which is the Equator, the centre of the earth. What do you have to do at least over there? Right! Standing with one foot on the Northern Hemisphere and one foot on the Southern Hemisphere! There are some myths about the Equator and they will show you trials that the myths are real. They did a trial with water that drained in a well. On the Equator line it drained straight away. On the Northern Hemisphere it turned around counter clockwise and on the Southern Hemisphere clockwise. But it's impossible to see this difference on such a small scale just a few meters from the Equator. The more you go to the Poles, the more the effect will be vissible. It's the same with pressure areas on weather maps. On the Northern Hemisphere they turn around counter clockwise and on the Southern Hemisphere clockwise. You also can see this with the turning direction of tornado's and typhones. Also other trials were shown, go foind out yourself!

Furthermore there are some interesting facts. Mass will be 0.3% lighter on the Equator than on the Poles because of the centrifugal force of the planet, it's the strongest on the Equator. And every day of the year it will be 12 hours between sunrise and sunset.

Furthermore the museum showed about rural Ecuador. The animals that live there. The indiginous people that were headhunters. The cut off your head, boil it so it will shrink and put it on a stump. There was also a remade home of indiginous people. People had Guinea pig as pet because they feel the smallest movements. So if the Guinea pigs will be stressed, they knew they had to leave their houses because an upcomming earthquake. And people that were like local weavers for clothes and table covers.

The museum is only 2 US$ for adults, so very cheap and for sure worth a visit.
Inti Ñan Solar Museo
Inti Ñan Solar Museo
Indiginous druid
Totem pole
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spocklogic says:
Glad to see this one finally featured. Bravo!
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011
monky says:
Muchas felicidades por tu review Paul!
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011
cicie says:
Congrat for Today's Featured Travel Review..:)
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
Interactive Indian museum Oct 19, 2009
This open air museum is located approximately 30 kilometres outside Quito, precisely on the equator. Museumguides tell visitors (in English) everything there is to know about the phenomenon equator.

Early indians discovered centuries ago that the equator had special characteristics. They worshipped the sungod Inti by the position of the sun and noticed that on this place their shadows changed for two days a year. These became special holidays that were celebrated on the equator.

Guides also show scientific characteristics of the equator. Gravety is different, you can balance an egg on a nail (for which you receive a nice certificate, free of charge) and water flows differently.

The rest of the museum is dedicated to the indians who once lived here. Replica's of their houses, musical instruments and utensils can be seen and you can try to hit an arrow in a cactus with a three meter long blowpipe.
Replica of an indian house at Muse…
Trying to hit an arrow in a cactus…
Me standing at the equator at Muse…
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spocklogic says:
So, did you balance the egg on the nail and/or hit a cactus with a blowpipe arrow?
Posted on: Oct 05, 2011

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