The tour starts with a drive along the Pan-American Highway. Along Francisco de Aguirre Avenue, you can admire the marble replicas of classical statues. We then continue towards the Elqui Valley, which is unique due to its geographical configuration. It is formed by a narrow but fertile strip of land in the middle of an Andean desert that is irrigated by the Elqui River.
After a one-and-a-half-hour ride, we arrive at the Alpha Aldea Amateur Observatory. In this splendid place, you can enjoy an unforgettable solar experience – a different concept of astronomical observation. The owners’ intention is to always be in touch with nature, mirroring the way the first, ancient astronomers watched the skies.
The modern astronomical facilities are located in the middle of the vineyards. In order to provide superior service and ensure a wonderful astronomical experience to visitors, a ground-level amphitheatre has been built with seating for up to 50 people. The design of the location allows the installation of telescopes of 10”, 12” and 16” inches.
All extra accessories (ocular lens suitcases and filters) are included and available for use. Listen to the guide, and then enjoy a cocktail. Afterwards, we return to the pier.