Elqui Stars and Wines

A journey through the Elqui valley visiting the closer vineyard to the Atacama desert. A trip that will lead us to the best touristic observatory in Chile.

Tour Elqui Valley and Mamalluca Observatory

Leaving the city of La Serena heading east on the way to the Andes cordillera we will notice how the landscape changes into the beautiful and charming Elqui Valley. On the route that lead us to the city of Vicuña, we will find, at the side of the road, the Pucalro Dam, dam with the … Read more


High on the Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes, the European Southern Observatory (ESO), together with its international partners, is building ALMA — a state-of-the-art telescope to study light from some of the coldest objects in the Universe. This light has wavelengths of around a millimetre, between infrared light and radio waves, and is therefore … Read more

La Silla Observatory

The La Silla Observatory, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile and at an altitude of 2400 metres, has been an ESO stronghold since the 1960s. Here, ESO operates several of the most productive 4-metre class telescopes in the world. The 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT) broke new ground for telescope engineering and design and … Read more

Paranal Observatory (VLT)

The Very Large Telescope array (VLT) is the flagship facility for European ground-based astronomy at the beginning of the third Millennium. It is the world’s most advanced optical instrument, consisting of four Unit Telescopes with main mirrors of 8.2m diameter and four movable 1.8m diameter Auxiliary Telescopes. The telescopes can work together, in groups of … Read more

Collowara Observatory

Name: From Aymara language Qullo means Hill and Wara means Star. Location: Hill El Churqui, in the southeast part of Andacollo, at an altitude of 1.300 mts above the sea level. 59 km southeast from the city of La Serena. Description: This observation center was inaugurated in 2004 and has three observation terraces, from where … Read more

Mamalluca Observatory

Name:The name is taken from the same mountain where it is placed the observatory, the Cerro Mamalluca. In Quechua language  Wamakk or Wama means “strange thing, or uncommon thing” and lluchka means “blurry”. Location: 9 km northeast from the city of Vicuña at 1.100 meters above the sea level. It is 71 to the east … Read more

SOAR Observatory

This observatory shares the summit of the Cerro Pachon (mountain), with the Gemini South observatory. The mirror of the telescope, only 10 cm. thick, possesses advanced technology that  provides the lens with the ability to adjust  its shape according to weather conditions, through electromagnetic actuators, providing a picture of a quality far superior to conventional … Read more

Gemini Observatory

Near the Cerro Tololo Observatory and at 2,700 meters above the sea level are the Gemini Center, another giant in astronomy that has Chile. It is an international cooperative project involving the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Its objective is the operation of two telescopes of 8.1 meters, one on … Read more

Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

The most famous astronomical center of all Chile, located, in the Aymara language, at the “edge of abyss.” When you see the vast landscape that opens up from an elevation of 2.200 meters, revealing the valley and its most hidden corners, you will see how the name gains meaning. The view is priceless. This is, … Read more

Cruz del Sur Observatory: discovering the Cosmos

Approximately three hours southeast from La Serena, there is the city of Combarbalá. Through a winding road we can see the valley of Limarí as the sun goes down in the horizon and the sky turns to red. We are heading to the Cruz del Sur (Southern cross or Crux) Observatory, one of the most … Read more

Cruz del Sur Observatory

Name: It takes the name from one of the most classical constellation of the southern sky: the Southern Cross or Crux. This is because the domes of the observatory are placed the same way as the stars in Crux constellation. Location: Combarbalá at 1.140 meters above the sea level, 3 hours southeast from La Serena. … Read more