Study Tour Program

Gira de Estudio Astronómica

The students will learn about the important developments in the field of astronomy in the region. They will be introduced to the research done by the local scientific community and be shown how the scientists try to further explore and understand the phenomena found on the southern hemisphere sky. A visit to a touristic observatory, including an observation of the night sky with a professional telescope and with the naked eye will allow them to discover the cosmos themselves.
In addition, by day, they will get to know the different natural landscapes of Coquimbo region: the coast, the valleys and the mountains. Hikes on trails suitable for beginners can be arranged. Moreover, they will get in touch with the urban-coastal town culture, peasant-rural life and the fishermen’s everyday life on the coast.

Astronomic Elqui Program 4 days - 3 nights

Elqui Astronómico

Special interest program focused on astronomy, a selection of the best programs to discover the cosmos in the Elqui Valley.

Thursday: Check-in to hotel in PiscoElqui, a typical town of Chile’s Norte Chico. Excursion to the last villages situated back in the valley, enjoying its natural and cultural heritage, with excellent views over the valley and its surrounding mountains.

Friday: Horseback ride to the Andes along the trails of the local“huasos” (cowboys) and “arrieros” (goatherds), an adventure that will take you througha natural and wild landscape under a clear-blue sky next to Cochiguaz river. Basic horseback riding instructions will be given by us, the ride is also suitable for unexperienced riders as the horses are tame. Box lunch, stirrups and “chupallas” (typical Chilean cowboy’s straw hats) are included. In the afternoon, you can take a rest in the hotel. At sunset, we come to pick you up for the astronomic program. Under the open sky and accompanied by our specialized guide, campfire and pisco sour, you will discover the valley’s fascinating night sky with a 12” telescope and the naked eye.

Elqui Experience Program 3 days - 2 nights

Elqui Experience Program

Program recommended for general public. Invitation to enjoy the peasant culture and wild landscapes of the Elqui Valley with tours oriented to small groups, families or friends.

On the first night we will take you on our astronomic tour. In a place surrounded by mountains you will observe the most important celestial phenomena with our professional guide through a 12-inch telescope and with the naked eye. Our guide will introduce to you the cosmovision of both, the ancient European and Andean cultures.

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