Starry eyed in the Atacama desert


With its low humidity, high-altitude plateaus and minimal light pollution, the Atacama Desert is the ideal place for astronomy enthusiasts. Gaze upwards in wide-eyed wonder at a blanket of seemingly infinite stars and countless constellations.

Not only is it the world’s highest and driest desert, the Atacama is also the best place on Earth to catch a glimpse at faraway galaxies.

Begin by observing the universe with just the naked eye, before utilising a powerful telescope to reach more distant delights. Your guide will point out the Milky Way, as well as various stars and constellations, while teaching you about the wonders of the universe.

The oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama is also home to super-observatory ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre Array), which now offers tours to the public.  Visit the Operations Support Facility (OSF), where amateur astronomers can catch a glimpse of the control room, laboratory and the hangar where antennae are made and repaired. A must for astro-fanatics.

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Stephanie Carthy
Raised in Australia but has made England home, Stephanie brings extensive first-hand experience across all seven continents.