The word "ecuador" means "equator" in Spanish, and the nation of Ecuador is located on the equator in South America. The capital of Ecuador is the city of Quito. Just a few miles south of downtown Quito is a monument named "The Middle of the World." It was built on the exact location of what was believed, hundreds of years ago, to the equator. Nowadays any tourist with a smartphone can see that the location is a couple of hundred meters off, but the monument is still impressive.