Visit to the Cerro Tololo Observatory

Tololo Observatory Tour

The Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) is a complex of telescopes and astronomic instruments located in the Elqui Valley at an altitude of 2.200 above sea level. It is operated by AURA, the Association of Universities for the Research in Astronomy, in cooperation with Universidad de Chile and under the auspices of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Accompanied by Spanish-or English-speaking guides, you will visit the complex, learn about the history of the observatory, the operation of the telescopes and the work done by the researchers.

Cerro Tololo Observatory also has a visitor’s centre, where photos taken through the telescopes of fascinating space phenomena are exhibited.


  • Round trip transfer fromLa Serena, Vicuña orPiscoElqui.
  • Guide (Spanish or English-speaking)


8:00 am- 2:00 pm. ONLY Saturdays


CLP 120.000 per trip 1 to 4 persons
CLP 160.000 per trip 5 to 10 persons
CLP 200.000 per trip 11 to 15 persons

Please contact us in case of a larger group size

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