How to take the Atacama Astronomy Tour
For the traveler, the use of the world’s largest telescope won’t be necessary. Embarking on an astronomical tour will be more than thrilling and will certainly be one of the highlights of the trip.
Of the various companies offering astronomy tours in Atacama, FlaviaBia Expediciones is the only one that offers a unique experience, combining comfort, an expert guide and an exclusive tasting.
We recommend that you try to organize the Atacama Astronomy Tour in the first few days of your trip, so that if any unforeseen weather conditions occur, you’ll have the opportunity to take your tour on another date.
Obviously, astronomy tours are canceled on cloudy days. It’s also worth noting that during periods of full moon the tour doesn’t take place either, so it’s worth taking these points into account when deciding on the date of your trip.
Tips for enjoying the Astronomy Tour
Each agency works to a different timetable, often with more than one timetable on the same day. For example, some groups may take the astronomical tour close to 11pm, a time when the temperature has already dropped a lot.
So even if your tour isn’t that late, make sure you’re warm and prepared for sub-zero temperatures. Nights in the desert can be freezing.
Avoid taking the astronomy tour too late if, for example, you have an early tour the next day, such as Geyser or volcano climbing.
If you want to take photos of the stars, remember to take a tripod with you on the tour. The agencies usually take photos of the travelers during the tour, but if you want your own photos, don’t forget your tripod.
As we mentioned, after sunset the temperature drops a lot in the Atacama Desert, even in summer. If you’re traveling in winter, it’s important to be well protected for the astronomy tour. In the months of June, July and August, it’s common to experience sub-zero temperatures on this tour.
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Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante
“Anyone going to the Atacama Desert needs to do the Astronomy Tour! It's an incredible and exciting tour. Every time I've visited the desert I've taken this tour because it's truly incredible to see the stars in the Atacama sky. I highly recommend it!”
Diogo Fernandespassionate about coffee and travel
“The best experience you can have in the Atacama Desert. I did the Astronomy Tour on my first trip and I still don't forget what it was like. I've been back a few times and it's always on my itinerary, it's wonderful.”
“Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful... I can't describe what a thrill it was to get out of the agency's car, in a completely dark place, and see how the Atacama sky shines in a different way. The astronomy tour is a must on any itinerary.”
“I highly recommend the astronomy tour in the Atacama Desert. I did it with space and I thought it was fantastic. The weather was perfect, the explanations in Spanish were very calm and we also used the telescopes. I highly recommend the experience.”
“I've never been so cold in my life! I did the astronomy tour in winter and my mouth was shivering from the cold. Even so, I loved the tour and I think it was worth it. The hot chocolate that the space agency served helped me forget lol... I loved it!”
“The Atacama Astronomy Tour is worthwhile and I think it's a must for any traveler. I really enjoyed the experience and all the explanations, the mug with the laser that points out the stars and the telescopes. I can't leave it out.”
“I simply loved the astronomy tour in Atacama!!! My tour was canceled two days in a row and I almost cried thinking I wouldn't be able to make it. On the third day the weather was perfect and it was incredible. The best tip is to try and do it in the first few days of your trip.”