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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

Learn about and experience the world’s most amazing view of the night sky in the Atacama desert.

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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

Highlights

  • Gaze from what’s considered to be the best place for stargazing in the world!
  • Knowledgeable astronomer as your guide
  • Learn the history of the cosmos and their relationship with local culture and legends

Overview

For centuries, astronomers and observers have traveled from all over the world to view the universe from the Atacama desert. Due to the uniquely clear skies almost all year around, they come to experience the cosmos in a way that can’t be experienced anywhere else.

In this ethno-astronomy tour, you will experience the night sky through an Andean lens, the same lens that is still observed and recognized by native Atacameños. You will leave knowing the name and significance of every constellation, and with knowledge and respect for the native people and their beliefs. The astronomer-guide will also take you through a brief history of how the Greek view of the stars has changed over the years and what we know now about our spectacular universe!

This tour will pick you up at your place of lodging between 20:00 and 20:30 (8:00pm and 8:30pm). The tour ends around 23:00 (11:00 pm).

Itinerary

The Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour is divided into three parts:

  1. The first hour will be a presentation of the current objects in the sky. We’ll use our equipment to provide you with detailed information about what you are observing: distances of the planets, dimensions and temperatures, etc.
  2. During the second part we’ll break to get to know each other over coffee and hot chocolate.
  3. During the second hour of the tour, we’ll use a laser in order to explain both the Greek and Andean cosmo vision/tradition.

Both English and Spanish guides are available.

What’s Included

  • Roundtrip transport from your hostel in San Pedro to the stargazing site
  • An astronomer-guide (available in English or Spanish)
  • A hot cup of either coffee or hot chocolate!

Important Notes

  • Depending of the weather conditions and positions of some stars at the night sky, it might change the order of the first and third part of the observation.
  • We recommend that you wear warm clothing, as it can get quite chilly at night!

Moon Tour

When the moon is full or close to full (+/- 3 days from the full moon), the regular stargazing tour is not possible, since the moon is too bright, but you can instead do a Moon Tour! The Moon Tour has the following rough itinerary:

  • Walk in the desert to observe the moon and discuss how San Pedro’s ancestors used the moonlight to work on their crops.
  • Observe certain stars and planets through the telescopes
  • Enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate and ask the astronomer questions about the universe!

The Moon Tour, instead of the Stargazing Tour, runs on the following dates:

2017

  • July: 4-11
  • August: 5-9
  • September: 4-8
  • October: 3-7
  • November: 2-6
  • December: 1-5

2018

  • January: Dec 30-Jan 3, Jan 29-Feb 2
  • February: Jan 29-Feb 2, Feb 27-Mar 3
  • March: Feb 27-Mar 3, Mar 29-Apr 2
  • April: Mar 29-Apr 2, Apr 27-May 1
  • May: Apr 27-May 1, May 27-31
  • June: Jun 26-30
  • July: Jul 25-29

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    A wonderful way to spend a late night gazing at the beauty of our universe. A powerful telescope brings the moon and planets much closer while a laser pointer makes it easy to pick out key stars among the thousands of points of light in the sky above. Dress warm, very warm, and bring a flask of your favorite adult beverage to keep your insides warm too.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Amazing tour. The guide was very knowledgable, and he was able to answer all my questions. The view of the stars is the best I have ever seen! Highly recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    On any night in San Pedro you can find a place to lay out and stargaze, watching shooting stars race across the sky. And usually that’s more than enough for me. But it was definitely nice to have the constellations pointed out while learning crazy facts about the universe. Our guide clearly knew his information well, and had an incredible enthusiasm with which he shared it

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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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