Chilean Astronomical Observatories Tour


November 6 to November 27, 2005
An omnibus tour leaving  from and returning to Montevideo, Uruguay

Detailed Tour Itineraries:

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Leader of the Tour:

  • Prof. Gonzalo Vicino
  • Telephone: (+598) 2601 2124 (Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Email Address:

Site Visited:

  • Five major research astronomical observatories
    • Cerro Pachon
    • Cerro Tololo
    • La Silla
    • Las Campanas
    • Cerro Paranal
  • Cities in Argentina, Chile and Peru
    • Medoza
    • Santiago
    • Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
    • San Pedro de Atacama
    • Salta
  • Anthropological Sites: Tilcara, Humahuaca
  • High Andean Mount passes(Aconcaqua)
  • Atacama Desert, driest in the world)

Brief Summary of Itinerary

The links on the names bring up images of the location.
Event and Location
6-7 Travel Montevideo, Uruguay to Mendoza, Argentina
8 Tour Mendoza
9 Scenic Crossing of the Andes to Santiago
10-11 Tour Santiago
12 Visit Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Isla Negra
13 Travel (flight and train) to Aguas Calientes via Lima and Cusco
14 Visit Machu Picchu
15 Tour Cusco
16-17 Return flight to Santiago and bus to Las Serena, Chile
18 Visit Cerro Pachon and Cerro Tololo Observatories
19 Visit Las Campanas and Cerro La Silla Observatories
20 Visit Cerro Paranal Observatory
21 Travel from Antofagasta to San Pedro de Atacama, Tour San Pedro
22 El Tatio volcano and Chuquicamata Copper mine
23 Travel to Salta, Argentina over the Plano and Andes Mountains
24 Tour Salta
25 Visit Purmamarca, Tilcara, and Humahuaca
26-27 Travel from Salta to Montevideo, Uruguay

References and Links:

Google Map of the Observatory/Machu Picchu Tour

Below is a Google Map with the Tour Highlights marked by icons and roads traveled with colored lines. Click on any and text describing the place will be shown. You can zoom in on the map and see the locations in detail. As an example, the traverses of the Andes have many interesting structures and forms that are interesting in the Earth View. Detailed locations are plotted for some of the hotels and restaurants visited.

View Vaije Observatories et Machu Picchu in a larger map

Created on ... November 28, 2010, revised November 2016