The Space Obs Lodge near San Pedro de Atacama is one of the most incredible stargazing destinations on Earth! And we can say that as we have stayed here!
With several comfortable and well-equipped lodges, the venue is ideally situated to explore the surrounding area. Attractions include Valle de la Luna, Valle de Marte, the nearby salt flats and the altiplano mountains.
It truly is an incredible destination, however, it is at night when stargazers are in for a real treat. The venue also serves as a destination for Astro-tourists and as such is home to numerous amazing telescopes, including a whopping 28″ Dobsonian reflecting telescope!
The location is also within easy travel distance from the control centre for the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) which is free to visit (prior booking via ESO required).
No stargazing trip to Chile is complete without spending at least a few nights around the new Moon at the Space Obs Lodge! If you’re planning a stargazing trip to Chile have a look at this blog…
Overseas - overseas stargazing locations that you might like to visit when on holiday. (overseas from the uk!)
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.