Although the equator runs through hundreds of places, one country that takes particular pride in its unique geographical location is Ecuador. In fact, the official name of Ecuador – the Republic of Ecuador literally translates to “Republic of the Equator”. Its capital city of Quito, lies smack in the middle of the imaginary line. However, a modern GPS unit shows that the actual equator lies about 240 meters to the north of the indicated line. When asked about the discrepancy, park officials said that the nearby land where the Equator runs is traversed by a ravine and that the ground there was not suitable to hold a monument, so the builders chose a different location.