The southern Milky Way brims with rich star fields, glowing gas clouds, and splashy star clusters. The sky overhead at 23 degrees south latitude and offers spectacular viewing and photography opportunities.
Chile’s Giant Telescopes expedition is inclusive of airfare, most meals and sightseeing which include archaeological sites pre-dating Egypt, hot springs and geysers in the Atacama Desert. Special visits to Chile’s giant telescopes, Paranal and Cerro Tololo, are planned.
Dave Eicher, editor, Astronomy magazine, will lead the tour to Chile.
Wednesday/Thursday, May 21/22, 2014 • Arrive Santiago, Chile
Depart the USA for your flight to Santiago, Chile. Upon arrival you will transfer in to your hotel for a rest before a traditional lunch at the Central Market. Sightseeing Tour Santiago with panoramic view from San Cristobal Hill. Overnight at Hotel Cesar.
Friday, May 23, 2014 • Santiago — Antofagasta
After breakfast transfer to the Santiago Airport for the flight to Antofagasta. Transfer to the Hotel Antofagasta for two nights.
Saturday, May 24, 2014 • Paranal Observatory
A visit is planned for PARANAL Observatory, located in northern Chile. The location’s remoteness ensures astronomical observations to be carried out away from adverse human activities. Named in the indigenous Mapuche language, the four telescopes
are known as Antu (Sun), Kueyen (Moon), Melipal (Southern Cross), Ypun (Venus). Enjoy a picnic lunch at Paranal before returning to Antofagasta.
San Pedro Cafe
Sunday, May 25, 2014 • Antofagasta — Calama — San Pedro
Drive from Antofagasta to Calama and then to San Pedro de Atacama for the next three nights at the Hosteria San Pedro. Dinner and then an exclusive evening visit for our group to the Space Observatory of Alain, a professional French astronomer.
Hosteria San Pedro
Monday, May 26, 2014 •San Pedro
A morning at leisure to explore the white stone village of San Pedro. This afternoon drive to the Salt flat with a Buffet Picnic at the Terrace of the Chaxa Lagoon. Observe the birdlife there include many flamingos. Return to San Pedro for the night.
Hosteria San Pedro
Geysers and Stream
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 • San Pedro — Valley of the Moon
The early morning trip to the geological spectacles, El Tatio Geysers, offs dozens of fumaroles (geysers) throwing columns of steam into the air. Buffet breakfast with geysers boiled eggs and later the possibility to swim in the thermal hot spring pool.
Drive back to San Pedro. Afternoon to rest. Late afternoon we will go to the Valley of the Moon for the sunset. This surreal landscape of giant ridges, soaring cliffs, and pale valleys, is reminiscent of our Marsian landscape. Tonight open air picnic at the Place El Coyote at the Salty Mountain Range before enjoying the most distinct views of the night sky you will ever see.
Hosteria San Pedro
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • San Pedro — La Serena
Transfer back to Santiago and fly to La Serena and transfer to the Hosteria Vicuna. After dinner we will visit of the Mamalluca Observatory for a last night viewing through the Meade Star Finder 16" powered telescope.
Thursday/Friday, May 29/30, 2014 • La Serena – Santiago – USA
After breakfast we will visit Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory before returning to La Serena for the flight to Santiago and homeward tonight.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 • La Serena – Santiago, Chile
On arrival from La Serena at Santiago proceed to the hotel at the Santiago Airport for overnight.
Friday, May 30, 2014 • Santiago – Lima – Cuzco, Peru
Upon arrival at the Cuzco Airport. Meet & Greet and then drive with your guide to the Sacred Valley. Overnight at the Lodge Pukaritampu in Ollantaytambo for two nights.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 • Cuzco
Visit the village of Chincheros, the Maras Salt terraces and the Moray agricultural experimental terraces. Lunch at nice local restaurant with a great diversity of buffet served meals.
Sunday, June 1, 2014 • Cuzco – Machu Picchu
Transfer to the Train Station of Ollantaytambo. Take the Train VISTA DOME at 08:00 to Aguas Calientes. Arrive at 10.15. Drive to the Machu Picchu Main entrance. Guided visit to the Machu Picchu Ruins.
Transfer to your hotel in Cuzco.
Monday, June 2, 2014 • Cuzco
Guided visit of Cusco town, cathedrals and temples. Visit the ancient ruins in the surroundings. Dinner with show at local restaurant.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 • Cuzco – Lima
Transfer to the Airport and flight to Lima, connection to your international flight or one additional night and Sightseeing tour of Lima.