The Atacama Desert has the advantage of clear skies during most of the year. Come to the Paranal Observatory, a modern center that offers astronomical tours to know the universe.
- Departure: 07:30
- Duration: 4 hours
- Pickup / Dropoff: Hotel in Antofagasta
What you will visit:
- 1 Antofagasta
We leave from your hotel at approximately 7:30 am in the direction of the Paranal Observatory. The visit will be guided by professional staff provided by the Observatory.
The first access is the Visitor Center: Here there is an explanatory video of the observatory and its history.
Then we climb to the top of Cerro Paranal where there are the giant telescopes of the VLT of 8.2 meters in diameter. In this place you can see the Auxiliary Telescopes of 1.8 meters in diameter, and the rails that allow moving these telescopes along the platform.
After touring the platform, visitors will have the opportunity to enter the giant telescopes of Paranal. Inside you can see the mirrors 8.2 meters in diameter that allow you to observe the distant universe. Flash photography and video footage are allowed.
Then we visit the Control Room where the Astronomers work during the night. All observations and control of the telescopes are made from this place through computers.
Finally you enter the Hall of the hotel to have a partial view of the facilities.
14.00: We will be back at your hotel.
- PhysicalVery low
- Transport from the hotel or hostel.
- Box lunch
- All not mentioned
Departures only on Saturdays
Sunscreen, slippers, sun hat, camera and jacket.