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Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

From: $44.00

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Gaze at the sparkling stars of the Atacama Desert with an expert astronomer on a 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.
  • 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
  • Transport between the astronomy agency downtown and the desert included, or upgrade for convenient hotel pickup
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Professional guide
Use of telescopes
Hot chocolate
Hotel pickup (if option selected)
Hotel drop-off
Gratuities
Hotel pickup (if option not selected)

Departure Point

San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region

Traveler pickup is offered
the Transfer will pick passengers up from their staying Hotels

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Atacama Dessert
Travellers will have the opportunity to visit and visualize the most amazing stargazing experience in San Pedro de Atacama
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • It is recommended that you bring a warm jacket, mittens/gloves, a scarf and a hat
  • Note: This tour does not operate during full-moon nights
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Turavion

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Atacama Desert Stargazing Tour.

Reviews

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Horrible value for money your.
elineAtacama
, Dec 2019
We had a nice activity, but we absolutely did not get what we paid for and what this advertisement is saying.
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Not picked up and no refund
Melissa F
, Nov 2019
When my friend and I initially booked the tour we were informed that we would be picked up from out hotel at 20:30. Being the paranoid creature that I am, I dragged my friend out to wait at 20:00 (the time the tour was reported to start). We waited, 20:30 came and went, at around 20:40 we attempted calling the company and could not get our call to go through. I emailed the tour company at 20:48 asking if we were supposed to go elsewhere for pick up and we did not hear back. At 21:00 we gave up and retired into our hotel room. At 21:40 we received a knock on the door informing us that there was a tour and we were supposed to wait outside and down the street from the hotel entrance (definitely not specified in the pick up email). At this point, we were already in our super cozy pajamas and I was actually tucked in for the night before getting up to answer the door. When initially talking to the hotel staff at the door, I understood it to be that a message had just been left, but we believe that the tour could have arrived for pick up at that time. Either way, we had been waiting for half an hour after the initial pick up time communicated to us without seeing any sign of the tour that we were supposed to be joining. The next morning I had attempted to email the tour company once more and did not receive any response. We were finally able to get a call to go through and were able to talk with a great representative named Marco. He listened to what had happened and attempted to find a solution, however he was limited to what the company would let him do. In the end we were told that we could either attend the tour the following night (the last night we were in the area) or not go and not get a refund. As far as we were concerned, we wanted to actually see the stars. However, the event was cancelled due to weather and we were not issued a refund as they considered us a no-show from the first night, despite us waiting a reasonable amount for the tour pick-up. It was not us that was a no-show, but rather them. If the tour did show up at the 21:40, it is still unacceptable that they would expect us to wait for over an hour past the specified pick up time without any sort of communication. Additionally, the pick up point of a few meters down the street would not have made any difference as we would have been able to see the tour group if it was identified. We waited, we even showed up early just in case, to charge us as no show is not appropriate.
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Cancelled without Notice
destiny2dr
, Jul 2019
Still waiting on refund. DO NOT BOOK. Still waiting on refund. DO NOT BOOK. Still waiting on refund. DO NOT BOOK.
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