Northern Chile, land of the Atacama Desert, is considered one of the best places in the world to practice astronomy. This is due to a number of privileged climatic conditions, which combined generate the highest number of clear nights per year on Earth, comparable only with certain locations in the North Pacific.
Here, we find the Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array (ALMA) Observatory. The site features 66 high-precision antennas working together in millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths. Thanks to its high resolution and sensitivity, ALMA opens a veritable "window into the Universe", which will help scientists solve important astronomical mysteries.
Throughout Chile there is more than a dozen astronomical facilities. The Andean Astronomical Observatory is considered one of the most important. The observatory has a varied instrumentation, different types of telescopes, digital cameras, and professional astronomical photography devices for the purpose of discovering the heavens and photographing the wonders of the universe.
Near Santiago, we find Santa Cruz, home to the Cerro Chaman Observatory. Located in the middle of a vineyard, this facility carries over 5 telescopes and an observatory.
These destinations can be combined to offer tourists an astronomical tour of Chile. We recommend that you take the tour to the wine valleys of Central Chile, where not only you can observe these astronomical centres, but also learn how the best wines in the world are developed.
An additional extension is suggested to San Pedro de Atacama to see the ALMA project and the breathtaking skies of the Atacama Desert.