Thanks to the dry desert air, more than 300 cloud-free days each year, and the absence of light pollution, the Atacama is one of the few places on earth where you can observe the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye. Watch a spectacular sunset in the Valley of the Moon, then enjoy a private stargazing session with a local astronomer. Walk across the otherworldly desert terrain where scientists tested the first prototypes of the Mars rover. Observe more than 80 active geysers erupting against a backdrop of volcanic peaks in the Tatio geyser field. And view wildlife at the National Flamingo Reserve.
- Visit the largest public collection of telescopes in South America during the new moon, when the stars are at their brightest and most colorful. Identify nebulae, constellations and planets with the naked eye, a star map, and powerful telescopes.
- Explore the lagoons, hot springs, mountains and salt flats of the Atacama Desert. Watch a brilliant sunrise over the crystal-clear waters of the Tebinquinche Lagoon.
- Traverse the moonlike landscape of dunes, rugged mountains and distinctive rock formations of the Valley of the Moon, testing grounds for the first prototype of the Mars rover – and catch a glimpse of the cosmos on earth.
- Immerse yourself in the colors of the Atacama, from the multihued mineral deposits in the Rainbow Valley to a flock of pink flamingos taking flight.
- Tour Santiago and visit a winery in Chile’s Casablanca Valley.