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OBSERVING THE ATACAMA
ITS LANDS AND SKIES CODE QC-01
8-day Tour (Starting in Santiago, Chile)
 
IN-DEPTH ATACAMA ADVENTURES:
LAND AND SKY CODE QC-02
8-day Tour (Starting in Santiago, Chile)
 
 
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Designed for those who prefer to travel on roads in good condition and are used to the comfort of hotels.
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7-hotel Nights
 
 
 
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Considered for those who enjoy camping in the middle of the desert and highlands.
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5-hotel Nights
2-camping Nights
 
 
 

The OBSERVING THE ATACAMA - ITS LANDS AND SKIES & IN-DEPTH ATACAMA ADVENTURES: LAND AND SKY 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 2 nights 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, photographing, and learning about the jewels of the southern hemisphere skies.

 
 
 
 
  Astronomical Highlights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory is the world's largest and most advanced optical telescope.   Two nights of amateur astronomical viewing near San Pedro de Atacama, the ultimate mecca of tourism and astronomy in the Atacama.   Talk by a professional astronomer. Know the Cerro Calan Observatory of the Astronomy Department, University of Chile, in Santiago.  
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

Each program includes nights of observation in some locations specially chosen and guided by specialized tour-guides.

Guests of QC will have various amateur astronomy equipment at their disposal including sky maps, binoculars and the Meade's revolutionary new telescope, the RCX400 Advanced Ritchey-Chretien Optical System with the Deep Sky Imager Pro CCD Camera.

 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The 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.

 
 
 
The desolate Salar de Atacama, Chile´s largest salt flat, lies to the south. The number of attractions in the Atacama area does not end there: alpine lakes, steaming geysers, colonial villages, and ancient fortresses all lie within easy reach. AstroTour AstroTours Astro Tour
 
 
 
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THE BEST SERVICE
Our experienced bilingual guides and assistants will assist you through a warm, personalized and responsible service.
THE BEST LODGINGS
Rest in hotels ranging up to 4-stars (according to what is available in the Atacama cities and towns) and experience our modern camping equipment.
THE BEST TRANSPORT
Travel in spacious and confortable vehicles such as the 4WD Toyota Hilux pick-ups and the Ford Econoline Deluxe Vans.
 
 
  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 ( see pictures )
  QC-01 private, Nov 2009
 
 
 
 
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