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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

  • 2.5-hour stargazing tour in the Atacama Desert
  • Capture unparalleled views of stars, nebulae and the moon with the aid of 10 high-powered telescopes
  • Learn from an astronomer about constellations and how to read the sky without a telescope
Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour
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Atacama desert stargazing tour including hotel pickup and drop-off.
From US$89.00
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Atacama desert stargazing tour including hotel drop-off only.
From US$59.00
Gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert with an expert astronomer on a 2.5-hour stargazing tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Visit South America’s largest astronomical observatory and gain insight into the secrets of the night sky; stare at stars through a state-of-the-art telescope, discovering glowering planets invisible to the naked eye; and capture photographs of the moon’s crater covered surfaces. Conclude your magical evening with a steaming cup of cocoa as you digest your newfound cosmological knowledge.
What to Expect
Greet your guide at either the astronomy agency in downtown San Pedro de Atacama, or enjoy hotel pickup depending on which option was selected. Venture to the heart of the Atacama Desert, the driest natural expanse on the planet, to begin uncovering the mysteries of the cosmos. Arrive at South America’s largest public observatory and begin learning how to use to the technologically advanced telescopes; the clear skies and high elevation of the desert make it the ideal place to spot shimmering stars. 

Listen as your knowledgeable astronomer guide explains constellations of the cosmos, teaching you how to read the intriguing code of the night sky. Follow the direction of a green laser as your guide escorts your attention to stars and planets. 

Become acquainted with the 10 on-site telescopes then maneuver each one to capture the mind-blowing magnificence of the night sky; spot explosive nebulae in vivid colors; zoom into the rugged craters of the moon’s surface; and marvel at the scattered formations of other galaxies. Re-adjust your telescopes under the guidance of your expert astronomer, who will also answer any questions you have. 

Conclude your evening with a steaming cup of hot chocolate then relax during the journey to San Pedro de Atacama. 

Please note: this tour does not operate on full-moon nights.
Reviews (20)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amusingly Ridiculous

Don't be fooled, this is a tourist trap. Your "tour" starts with 30 other people in a bus, you'll be driven about 10 minutes out of town where there are several other groups doing the exact same "tour" thing and then it will dawn on...More

1  Thank wowbagger2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Not enough telescope time

This tour is decent enough if you set your sights (i.e., temper your expectations) correctly. Some of the 2.5 hours includes the bus ride from and to town--fair enough. However, Space tours is actually running three tour groups at the telescopes at the same time....More

1  Thank n2history
Reviewed 4 April 2018
The Very Best Astronomy Experience

Dr. Maury is a fabulous entertainer and a brilliant guide to the cosmos. He conveys his vast knowledge with humour and holds every second of his guests' attention. This tour is an essential part of any visit to San Pedro. There are other places offering...More

2  Thank Arthur S
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We did an evening star gazing tour and it was brilliant, probably the highlight of our stay in San Pedro! We were shown lots of constellations with a laser pointer and then looked through the telescopes to see Jupiter, Mars, star clusters and a couple...More

2  Thank danyul17
Reviewed 21 January 2018
Space are a great company and the tour was incredible

We went to the office as soon as we arrived in San Pedro and we were lucky enough to fit on to a tour for the same evening (they are very booked up so wouldn't recommend risking this! I think we squeezed in on a...More

5  Thank CarolineG1083
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Response from LuukA8 | Reviewed this property |
End of December last year we started around 11pm.