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 2017

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Saturday March 25, 2017 Saturday April 1, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open
Saturday April 22, 2017 Saturday April 29, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Guaranteed
Saturday May 20, 2017 Saturday May 27, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open
Saturday June 17, 2017 Saturday June 24, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open
Saturday July 22, 2017 Saturday July 29, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open
Saturday August 19, 2017 Saturday August 26, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open
Saturday September 16, 2017 Saturday September 23, 2017 Calama Antofagasta Open

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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 2017

Departure Ending Starts in Ends in Status
Thursday March 2, 2017 Sunday March 5, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Tuesday April 18, 2017 Friday April 21, 2017 Calama Calama Guaranteed
Thursday May 18, 2017 Sunday May 21, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Thursday June   29, 2017 Sunday July 02, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Thursday July 13, 2017 Sunday July 16, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Thursday August   17, 2017 Sunday August 20, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Thursday September 21, 2017 Sunday September 24, 2017 Calama Calama Open
Thursday October 19, 2017 Sunday October 22, 2017 Calama Calama Open

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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