For Adventuring Amateur Astronomers

IN-DEPTH ATACAMA ADVENTURES:
LAND AND SKY
CODE QC-02.  Land cost  US $1,680.00 per person

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

This package includes two camping nights and one night of astronomical observations with fine amateur equipment and guides.

In the heart of the Atacama Desert, between sand, salt lakes, multicolored lagoons, and majestic volcanoes, you will find yourself on an adventure, surrounded by the beauty of an environment waiting to be discovered.

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Highlights
  • San Pedro de Atacama Village
  • Moon Valley Nature Sanctuary
  • ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter Array) site
  • Monturaqui crater
  • Miscanti and Miñiques Natural Reserve
  • Puritama hot springs
  • Cerro Toco and Chajnantor Plateaus
  • Tatio Geysers
  • VLT (Very Large Telescope) Observatory
  • Antofagasta town
Day by Day Itinerary
Description:
Day 1 ARRIVAL TO SANTIAGO – FLIGHT TO CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Day 2 SAN PEDRO – ALMA VISIT – EL TAMBILLO  First opportunity for Guided astronomical observations
Day 3 EL TAMBILLO – ATACAMA SALT FLAT – MONTURAQUI CRATER
Day 4 MONTURAQUI CRATER – MISCANTI & MIÑIQUES LAGOONS – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Second opportunity for Guided astronomical observations
Day 5 SAN PEDRO- PURITAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Third opportunity for Guided astronomical observations
Day 6 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CHAJNANTOR FLATS – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Day 7 SAN PEDRO – TATIO GEYSERS – ANTOFAGASTA
Day 8 ANTOFAGASTA – VLT  PARANAL – FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO 

 

Suggested Period: April to November (inclusive). See the WEATHER STATISTICS
Reservations: At least 30 days in advance
Features: See the PROGRAMS COMPARISON CHART

 

Land Cost  Includes
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Local bilingual guide
  • Camp staff such as a cook and camp assistants
  • Meals and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All activities as mentioned in the program, including ALMA and VLT Paranal visits
  • Entrance fees: Puritama, El Tatio, Valle de la Luna, Miscanti Miñiques, Laguna Chaxa
  • One night of guided astronomical observation
  • High quality communal camping gear including tents as well as full base camp
  • infrastructure and services.
  • Airport transfers as mentioned in the program.
  • First aid kit. Bottled oxygen for emergencies.
  • Sat phone on pay per minute basis.

Important note:

Trips to ALMA [Atacama Large Millimeter Array] and VLT [Very Large Telescope] can be reserved directly at these organizations™ website, and your chances of taking part depend exclusively on actual availability at the time of booking. QuasarChile will make these reservations for you only after formally receiving your reservation for our astronomy tours. Available space for these visits is limited and QuasarChile cannot guarantee it. Therefore, we recommend that you reserve your space on our tours as early as possible. And in any case, if you still have not decided to book with QuasarChile, you can secure your space for trips to VLT and ALMA [Observatories] directly at their websites.