Intended for the most enthusiast visitors to whom we deliver personalized attention, no matter if you are an expert or a beginner in the observation of the skies.
The Pangue Observatory is home to the largest public telescope in Chile (63 cm, about 25 inches) and is one of two observatories in Valle del Elqui that allow visitors at night. (There are 5 total observatories in the area, but 3 are restricted to scientists). This Astronomic Tour will allow you to discover the wonders of the universe through a state of the art telescope, in some of the world’s best conditions for stargazing! Your guide will also deepen your understanding of the universe through explanations and answers to any question that you may have!
Duration: 3 hours total – 2 hours on site, 30 minutes each way for the transfer
Start Time: Depends on the season, as early as 18:00 (6:00pm) in June/July, and as late as 21:00 (9:00pm) in December/January. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the current starting time. There are 2 or 3 start times per night, depending on demand.
This tour starts with either a transfer from Vicuña or at the observatory itself (if you prefer to use your own transport)
La Serena – Vicuña on your own (63 km, 39 miles)
Route 41 (Ruta 41) is the only road that reaches Vicuña. You can rent a car in La Serena, take a public bus, or take a “colectivo” (shared taxi). Note that there is no public transportation back to La Serena at night after the tour, so it is best to either stay the night in Vicuña, or rent a car if you want to stay somewhere else.
La Serena – Vicuña transfer
There is a transfer available from La Serena (the downtown or the airport) for $65.000 CLP. The transfer can accommodate up to 4 people. This transfer must be reserved at least 2 days ahead of time. The service includes:
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.