Quasar Chile Expeditions

IN-DEPTH ATACAMA ADVENTURES:
LAND AND SKY CODE QC-02ready-1
8-day Tour (Starting in Calama, Chile)


Considered for those who enjoy camping in the middle of the desert and highlands.

5 Hotel nights

2 Camping nights

 

 

 

 

Fixed departure dates for 2016                                                                            See Fixed departure dates 2017

Departure Ending Starts in Ends in
Saturday April 2, 2016 Saturday April 9, 2016 Calama Antofagasta
Saturday May 7, 2016 Saturday May 14, 2016 Calama Antofagasta
Saturday June 4, 2016 Saturday June 11, 2016 Calama Antofagasta
Saturday July 2, 2016 Saturday July 9, 2016 Calama Antofagasta
Saturday July 30, 2016 Saturday August 6, 2016 Calama Antofagasta
Saturday August 27, 2016 Saturday September 3, 2016 Calama Antofagasta

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SHORT ATACAMA SAFARI
WITH SKY TOUR
CODE QC-04ready-2
4-day Tour with 2 nights camping

 

Specially designed for a short escape to the Atacama desert, including the Not to Miss land and sky highlights.

1 Hotel nights

2 Camping nights

 

 

 

Fixed departure dates 2016See Fixed departure dates 2017

Departure Ending Starts in Ends in
Thursday, April 14, 2016 Sunday, April 17, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Sunday, May 29, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Sunday, June 26, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Sunday, July 17, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, August 11, 2016 Sunday, August 14, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, September 8, 2016 Sunday, September 11, 2016 Calama Calama
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Sunday, October 2, 2016 Calama Calama

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QUASAR CHILE programs highlight the best tourist attractions in the altiplano and desert regions, and include a visit to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) site as well as 1 night of amateur astronomical viewing near San Pedro de Atacama, the ultimate mecca of tourism and astronomy in the Atacama.

These programs are particularly well suited for amateur astronomers, but also designed for people who enjoy contact with pristine nature and are interested to be initiated on the observation of the stars, planets, and the depths of space. The tours, designed by two astronomers, take great care to provide opportunities for observing and learning about the jewels of the southern hemisphere skies.

 

Astronomical Highlights

vc4The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory is the world’s largest and most advanced optical telescope.

 

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One night of amateur astronomical viewing near San Pedro de Atacama, the ultimate mecca of tourism and astronomy in the Atacama.

 

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Discover Chajnantor Plateau from Cerro Toco area (16.400 ft). From there we will see ALMA’s high-altitude site: AOS , where the 66 ALMA antennas of the astronomical observatory are placed.

 

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The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope currently under development.

 

 

The Top Ten Southern Hemisphere Objects

The 8 Day / 7 Nights program includes 3 opportunities for guided astronomical observations in San Pedro de Atacama. And the shorter itineraries, 4 Day / 3 Nights, offers 2 opportunities of observation.

Guests of QC will discover the sky at the most modern public observatory in South America, Spaceobs, in the nearest of San Pedro de Atacama. The observatory hosts the largest park of telescopes of any public observatory in south America (between 20 and 60cm diameter), correctly aligned to provide the best possible view, in order to let you discover some of the incredible views the sky has to offer.

The transparency of the sky during most of the year will allow you to contemplate the magnificence of the southern sky which offers unique views of the Milky Way galaxy and of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (the closest external galaxies), and much more.

 

Atacama Highlights
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IMG_5556The Best pictures of the pristine Atacama

The most popular tourist destination in El Norte Grande (and perhaps all of Chile), San Pedro de Atacama sits in the midst of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country-the heart of the Atacama Desert.

A string of towering volcanoes, some of which are still active, stands watch to the east. To the west is La Cordillera de Sal, a mountain range composed almost entirely of salt. Here you´ll find such marvels as the Moon Valley and the Death Valley, part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos.

 

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THE BEST SERVICE
Our experienced bilingual guides will assist you through a warm, personalized and responsible service.

 

 

 

 

 

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THE LODGINGS

Rest in cozy and friendly hotels and experience our modern and extremely comfortable Base Camps and our excellent cuisine.

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEST TRANSPORT

Travel in spacious and comfortable vehicles such as the 4WD Toyota Hilux pick-ups and the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, with professional drivers.

 

 

 

 

Traveller´s Testimonial

“We are well acquainted with the Aurora Borealis and beauty of the northern skies, however the celestial wonders of the southern skies are a whole wonderous new universe of stars. QC is the ne plus ultra of astronomical guides; we can heartily recommend them to any astronomy club or lovers of astronomy.As an amateur, it was the most memorable, exciting, and knowlegeable astronomical trip of our lifetimes. The guides and astronomers were the best imaginable. I really felt a kinship, brotherhood, and empathy with them I never could have imagined.”

They are quite simply THE BEST !
George Koenig, Alaska (Learn more)
QC-01 private, Nov 2009