In Chile’s Elqui Valley, intergalactic sightseeing is the star: http://nyti.ms/1RQRRpL
Experience a journey to the stars in Chile! Observe constellations, planets, shooting stars and all manner of celestial bodies in the spectacular Chilean skies – the clearest in the entire southern hemisphere.
Chile enjoys more than 300 clear days per year and with little or no light pollution in the north, conditions are ideal for stargazing under open skies. For a truly close encounter with the planets, visit one of the many astronomical observatories open to visitors.
In La Serena, Elqui Valley, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta and Iquique you’ll find agencies which can arrange transport and accommodation and provide observation equipment for travelers.
If you’re a real astronomy fanatic, don’t miss the chance to visit some of the world’s leading scientific observatories. At sites like ALMA, Tololo and Paranal, you can witness the state-of-the-art technology used to investigate the universe.
Alma is the world’s largest astronomical project set on the ground. It offers different kinds of visits (public, media, educational, scientific and institutional). Registrations to visit are individual, and you need to fill out a form and register beforehand.
With an amazing appeal for both the scientific and academic world, this is a must for researchers. Tourists must book their visit a month in advance and it’s advisable not to go with children under 6.
Known for being the most productive astronomical center in the world, star enthusiasts must book their visits online and ahead of time as they have limited capacity. Due to safety reasons, children under 5 are not allowed and it is advisable not to have heavy meals before your visit to avoid altitude sickness complications.
It has free tours done by specialized guides who teach the secrets of the universe to no more than 8 people.
Owner of an infrared optical telescope system that allows observing the sky of both hemispheres, this is one of the scientific locations that causes the most interest in star enthusiasts, so visits must be booked 2 months in advance and children younger than 16 must visit with an adult.
Go on nighttime visits and observation sessions of images from different celestial bodies with the presence and assistance of astronomers from the UCN, as well as organized activities such as astronomy talks or art exhibitions. It is advisable to register ahead of time since both the visits and events have a maximum capacity of 15 people.
The observatory has both solar observations during the day and nighttime visits. These public observation cycles called “Astrourbano”, are free mini-tours to visit the facilities with astronomer guides and require no prior registration.
The first observatory built by Chilean engineers offers nighttime visits which allow seeing how its four telescopes operate and what the astronomers´ observation and data extraction works consist of during the night.
Take guided night tours suitable for all ages. These last around 2 hours and can take up to 50 people.
The observatory also has activities for children called “Space Explorers”, which invite them to learn about astronomy from a didactic point of view. For both activities you must book a spot at least 2 weeks in advance and follow the entrance times.
Starting at 7pm, the observatory has guided tours through the domes and the telescopes and when the weather allows, you can enjoy an observation of the sky from the terrace. The visits last approximately 2 hours and you need to book ahead of time.
This observatory sets up guided tours of their facilities, main dome and terrace to carry out nighttime and daytime observations through their solar telescopes. Registration must be done ahead of time to book your spot.
Touristic and educational observatory located in Cajón del Maipo, where you can enjoy the view of the massive mountains of the Andes, finding geological remains and taking astronomical tours guided by professionals right in the middle of abundant flora and fauna. Groups of tourists here have the option of camping or accomodations. It’s advisable to book a week in advance.
The observatory has activities, talks and guided nighttime visits which require a prior registration.
The observatory has guided tours for groups of between 5 and 20 people so you need to book the date to save a spot. Observations are done only with clear skies and favorable weather conditions.
The tour lasts around two and a half hours and has to be booked ahead of time for groups of more than 4 people.
Open to the public all year round, it only closes its doors during the full moon since the clarity of the night sky makes astro-tourism impossible.
Visits begin at sundown, last 2 hours and it is not advisable to take children under 6. Families with children can book private tours with all the necessary precautions for the little ones to have an unforgettable experience.
Ahlarkapin, which means “shining star” in the native kunza language, recommends booking their tours a week in advance for groups of a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 16. The tours are for people over 15 with a true interest in the universe.
Open all year round and for all ages, the visit lasts 3 hours and is subject to the area’s weather conditions. It is also advisable to take comfortable clothes and flat shoes.
Open all year round and for people of all ages, the visits begin at 9pm and must be booked 24 hours in advance. They only take cash inside their facilities and its advisable to carry warm clothes regardless of the season.
Open for people of all ages, it’s advisable to book their tours 48 hours in advance, to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and to not bring pets or food on the trip.
Friends of family astrotours, they do 2-hour long visits for groups of all ages. There must be at least 6 people and there is a maximum of 20. For star enthusiasts, it also has a spot for astrophotography and special observations that begin at 2am, with a reservation 48 hours beforehand.
Touristic observatory focused on visitors who are after an intimate, personalized and family friendly experience. They have group tours of no more than 12 people that last between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the interest and rhythm of the guests.
The tour can be done in Spanish, English or French and it begins with naked eye stargazing with the aid of laser pointers before moving on to observation using telescopes. Reservations have to be made 48 hours in advance.
Visitors are able to gain an understanding of the cosmos with the help of specialized guides at one of the most popular observatories of the Elqui Valley, and they end up learning about the constellations through telescopes installed in the observatory’s dome. Tours are recommended for children over the age of 5, and must be booked 48 hours in advance. They are offered at 4 different times daily during the summer and 3 during the winter, weather permitting.
An experience you can live during the day or at night for which the reservations must be done at least 48 hours in advance. Tours can last from 1 to 2 hours depending on the interests of the tourists.
Unique automated telescope in the south of our country, they have nighttime tours all year round for groups of up to 8 people, which last 90 minutes. Each guided visit adapts to the interests of the tourists and to visit it you can book your spot that very day.
Touristic astronomical center which mixes stargazing with wine pairing and gourmet cuisine, an intimate ambience that invites you to rest and come close to nature. Open to people of all ages, the tours last around 90 minutes and must be booked at least a week in advance.
Open all year round to public of all ages, these outside tours last 90 minutes and must be booked a week in advance, especially from October to March when the demand is higher.
The observatory combines sky observation with learning about the Mapuche cosmovision through their guided nighttime visits.
Open Monday to Friday for individual visits and on the weekends for guided tours of at least 5 people; 5 years old and above; you must wear warm clothes and flat shoes.
The observatory offers several types of paid nighttime visits, which run from traditional 2-hour-long tours with specialized guides to booking whole nights for a more exclusive and personalized observation with Chile’s largest public telescope.
Open to the public all year round, it’s advisable to book your spot 48 hours in advance to enjoy the experience in groups of more than 4 people and to wear thick clothes regardless of the season you’re visiting it in.
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