Chile Theme Routes: Astrotourism

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Astrotourism

Wonder at the impressive starry sky at night in Chile with one of our comfortable and fully equipped campers

Perhaps you know that magical moment of sitting outside alone on a mild summer night, looking up into the sky at the stars and reflecting on the world and yourself?

The universe simply fascinates everyone from young to old. Everyone feels connected to the universe, everyone in their own way. Often one asks the questions: are people really alone in our solar system or is there other life on other distant planets?

By simply observing a very small part of the immense vastness of the universe, your own everyday problems often become very small and unimportant.

An absolute highlight in Chile is the impressive starry sky at night, which is best seen in the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. With one of our campers, you choose a good place where you can observe the starry sky in northern Chile with a good Chilean red wine. Only with your eyes you can see the Milky Way, many stars, other star constellations and even other planets. It is an experience that you will always remember. And if you are lucky, you will see a falling star and you can make 3 wishes.

Enjoy the nature of Chile and the comfort of our campers, who will be your loyal companion on your trip. Thanks to the all-wheel-drive, the camper will take you through thick and thin, whether at an altitude of over 4,000 m or on unpaved roads.

Chile is one of the countries with the purest and best air on earth to explore our solar system, space and beyond. The world's leading countries in astronomy are represented in Chile and explore the “night sky”. The location of Chile favors these excellent conditions for astronomy, because the cold sea and the desert in northern Chile mean that more than 300 nights a year are cloudless. The low level of light and air pollution in northern Chile also means that there are many international astronomical observatories there. The best astronomical conditions can be found in Chile between Antofagasta and the Valle del Elqui. The largest astronomical project in the world is the ALMA observatory at an altitude of 5,000 m near San Pedro de Atacama. Many of these observatories can be visited by tourists during the day, because research is carried out here at night.

The best known scientific observatories in northern Chile are ALMA, Paranal, Las Campanas, Cerro Tololo, La Silla, Gemini-Sur.

It is also possible to experience tourist observatories at night such as Escuela Baquedano, Ahlarkapin, Paniri Caur, Space, Inca de Oro, Collowara, Cruz del Sur, Mamalluca, Solar de Chile, Antilhue, Cancana, Cielo Sur, El Pangue, Chakana, Cerro Mayu , Alfa Aldea. It is important to note here that you do not visit the tourist observatory during the full moon phase.

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