The night in the Atacama Desert, its infinite sky, the fire and the stories gives life to a unique and unrepeatable sensory experience with a balanced level of knowledge of the Andean cosmovision of the sky and the scientific and formal language of the stars.
Prepared guides will help us combine the traditional scientific astronomy with the ancient Andean vision that had the first astronomers in this place, long before the first telescope was used. We observe the beauty and solemnity of celestial bodies in a unique environment: in the middle of the driest desert of the world. The Atacama desert has one of the most star-spangled skies in the world which can be observed thanks to the extraordinary diaphanousness of the desert air. In the Andean culture, astronomy is essential in the daily life of their agropastoral societies, and it integrates and influences their architecture, art, music and dances. To get even closer to the ancient experience, we will sit around the fire to share the stories, myths and legends related to heaven, in the way that grandparents did.
This activity offers gazing the night sky with the naked eye, recognizing constellations or admiring the moon to interpret and share modern and ancient knowledge. As a complement, we will also have the possibility of observing the stars and the moon through the modern telescope.
It is very important to consider that during moonlit nights the possibility of gazing planets and stars decreases considerably. Especially on full moon nights very few stellar objects can be gazed, nonetheless you can experience the incomparable brightness of the moon in the desert.
|The days and hours of the excursions may vary depending on the season and climatic conditions. The final itinerary will be confirmed upon arrival in San Pedro, but even during your stay it can vary depending on the mentioned conditions, we will be informing immediately about any changes.|
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This excursion can also be requested in Private Service by writing directly to the email firstname.lastname@example.org
The worldview of the habitants of the Andes is closely related to the firmament, which reflects the life on earth and the transcendent life of the spirits. To this day, the Yatiris and Amautas (wise men of the Andean cultures) follow their traditions in accordance with the movements in the sky, and especially in relation to the movement of the Milky Way. There they find representations of the majority of the most important animals of their cosmovisión and the daily life of the habitants of the Andes, such as the llama, tinamou, toad, snake and sheep. This way, the movement of the constellations has shown for thousands of years – and to this day – the right moment to seed, harvest, celebrate, entreat, thank and pay homage to the defunct. Like this, the sky provides the Andean man the necessary knowledge to live in this difficult desertic environment, as much regarding the agricultural activity as the spiritual rituality, both of which are always closely related to each.
The observation of the stars has momentousness so much bigger than mere observation.
Pickup from your hotel
Transfer from your Hotel
What to bring?
- Very warm clothing (several layers, woollen hat, gloves, boots).
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The reservation must be confirmed at least 10 days in advance, paying the total value of the program.
SEMI-PRIVATE SERVICE: High quality standard services with a maximum of 10 passengers per group (except Astronomy Tour, max 13 passengers), most of them from hotels that work with us. Our bilingual guides (spanish – english) assure a personalized service.
The days and hours of the excursions may vary depending on the season and climatic conditions. The final itinerary will be confirmed upon arrival in San Pedro, but even during your stay it can vary depending on the mentioned conditions, we will be informing immediately about any changes.
Our semi private services are in base of 2 people, which means that when is only one person and there are no more reservations for the same excursion it will have to pay the minimum per two. If at the moment of the excursion more passenger book the same tour, we will make the devolution of the additional, less a percent (5%) of administratives cost
This excursion can be booked in Private Service