Observing the Atacama

OBSERVING THE ATACAMA – ITS LANDS AND SKIES CODE QC-01


Designed for those who prefer to travel on roads in good condition and are used to the comfort of hotels.

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

The Grand North of Chile (Norte Grande) is a world of minerals characterized by one of the most arid deserts on the planet: The Atacama Desert. However, in the Andes Mountains, life bursts forth from lakes of many colors, turquoise and emeralds, condors, foxes, and flamingos live in the tranquil shade of impressive volcanoes.

LAND COST 2017

Hotel Dunas in San Pedro and Geohotel in Antofagasta, or similar.

Code
Days /Nights
2 people
3 -4 people
5 -6 people
7 people or more
Single supplement
QC-01
8d/7n
2855
2240
2050
1820
550
Rates per person, in US$ , based on double room accommodation.
Groups of 8 people or more will benefit a 5% discount
Groups of 12 people or more will benefit of an extra 30% discount for the organizer / coordinator of the trip

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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
  • El Tatio Geysers
  • VLT (Very Large Telescope) Observatory
  • Antofagasta town

 

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL TO SANTIAGO – FLIGHT TO CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – MOON VALLEY
Day 2 SAN PEDRO – ALMA VISIT – SAN PEDRO
First opportunity for Guided astronomical observations
Day 3 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – ATACAMA SALT FLAT – MONTURAQUI CRATER – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
Day 4 SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – MISCANTI & MIÑIQUES LAGOONS – TALAR & TUYACTU SALT FLAT – 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 – LA PORTADA – 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
  • 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, Pukara de Quitor
  • One night of guided astronomical observation
  • Airport transfers as mentioned in the program.

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.