Chile travel

Astronomical Facilities

If there’s a place in the world where you can actually reach out for the stars, it is Chile. Its privileged skies have caught the attention of scientists around the world that carry out important research daily.

The unique geographical and climatic conditions of the country have fostered the development of first-class astronomical projects. There are close to 40 international, university, public and private observatories in the country. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the instruments and learn more about the work of these professionals!

Be taken aback with ALMA, the largest astronomical project on the planet and visit its control room and laboratories. Its unique telescope, made up of an array of 66 high precision antennas, is located close to 5,000 meters above sea level near San Pedro de Atacama.

Important international observatories have also been built near cities like Antofagasta, La Serena and Coquimbo, which can be visited during the day. Book a visit and be amazed by the state-of-the-art technology used to study the universe.

Discover the astronomical observatories that you can visit

ALMA Observatory

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.

Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (AURA)

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.


La Silla Observatory

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.

Paranal Observatory (VLT)

This astronomical scientific center is open to the public all year round with free tours to tourists on Saturdays for groups of less than 12 people.

Gemini-Sur Observatory

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.

Las Campanas Observatory Carnegie Institution of Washington

Take tours guided by the observatory’s technicians, which last around 3 hours and that must be booked a month in advance.




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