The Atacama region has one of the most star-spangled skies in the world which can be observed thanks to the extraordinary diaphanousness of the desert air.
We observe the beauty and solemnity of celestial bodies in a unique environment: in the middle of the driest desert of the world. 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.
The days and hours of the excursions may vary depending on the season, climatic conditions and the groups that we form. 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 change.
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
Contemplation of constellations
What to bring?
- Very warm clothing (several layers, woollen hat, gloves, boots).
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