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Astronomic Tour in the Elqui Valley (El Valle del Elqui)

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.

USD $59.00

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Astronomic Tour in the Elqui Valley (El Valle del Elqui)

This tour requires a minimum of 5 people to run. If you are less than 5, just email us at info@keteka.com and we will see if there is a group you can join!

Description

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 info@keteka.com for the current starting time. There are 2 or 3 start times per night, depending on demand.

Itinerary

  • 30 minute transfer from Vicuña (near the plaza) to the Observatory (transport is in a minivan)
  • Welcome at the Observatory, if you are on the first tour, you can see the sunset over the valley
  • Observation of celestial bodies with the naked eye, guided by the astronomers
  • Observation through the T400 telescope (computer controlled, 16 inches of aperture)
  • On cold nights, you will receive hot drinks in the lounge before returning to Vicuña

What’s Included

  • 2 astronomer-guides
  • Use of the observatory’s telescope, with astronomer guidance
  • Transfer from Vicuña
  • This tour is available in English, Spanish, and French

Not Included

  • Transportation from La Serena – this tour starts in Vicuña, please see below for instructions on how to arrive from La Serena

Important Notes

  • There are also private tours available, please email us at info@keteka.com if you would like to do a private tour!
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10
  • If the tour is cancelled the day of due to bad weather, you will receive a full refund of your booking
  • This tour does not run when the moon is full or almost full, be sure to check your date on the Moon Phase Calendar (remember to switch to Southern Hemisphere). If you have any doubts about your date, just email us at info@keteka.com!
  • Children and teenagers under 16 years old are not permitted

How to Get There

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:

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Vicuña
  • Transfer from your hotel in Vicuña back to La Serena

Map

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Pangue observatory

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What Happens After I Book?

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.

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