San Pedro de Atacama is a unique place in the world to watch the sky and its stars.
The SPACE agency offers astronomic tours every night except during a period around the full moon. The focus is on showing people how to understand the mysteries of the night sky and our universe. The tours are offered in English, French and Spanish depending on demand.
Tourists meet at the intersection of Caracoles street with Domingo Attienza street to board the private bus which takes them to the observatory site about 10 minutes away. There they will be greeted by the experienced astronomers from either France, Canada, or Chile.
Tours start with naked eye view and history of the sky and its constellations, continuing then with observation of really amazing objects, such as, Moon craters, Saturn’s rings, star clusters, galaxies, and other wonders of the universe.
Tours end by sharing experiences and questions inside and to warm up with a hot chocolate while waiting for the bus to arrive for the return back to San Pedro.
A tour takes around 2.5 hours and the tours start at 7:00pm in the winter, at 9:00pm in the summer, and at intermediate times during the other seasons. There are usually 3 tours a night depending on demand, at 1 hour intervals. It is recommended to come very warmly dressed.
Price: $25,000 per person ( USD42 depending on exchange rate ), including transportation and hot drinks.