An escape into the alien beauty and night skies of the Atacama at a luxurious, world-class resort.
The sun is low in the western horizon, just behind the mountains. A refreshing breeze chills the desert air. You join the others at the open-air observatory - there's no need for a dome to block light pollution here - but you don't even notice the telescopes. Instead, your eyes are drawn...up, up, up.
You find yourself at the center of an unending cosmic tapestry, thousands upon thousands of glittering jewels adorning the black sky. The delicate band of the Milky Way stretches from horizon to horizon - and you finally understand its name. You pick out some familiar constellations from home, but so much of the sky is wonderfully exotic.
The true magnificence of the night sky almost overwhelms you, a feeling well known by our ancestors but almost lost to modern humanity. Despite its sense of enormous weight, layers of cosmic history suspended above you, it pulls on you...up, up, up.
Welcome to the Atacama.
5 nights at the world-class resort/spa Alto Atacama
2 luxurious nights at the Hotel Enjoy Coquimbo in La Serena
All meals at the Alto Atacama
2 breakfasts at the Enjoy Coquimbo
All flights and transportation within Chile
All hotel/airport transfers
Visit to ALMA Observatory*
Visit to Gemini Observatory
Chilean “Thanksgiving” dinner celebration on Nov 28th
*Visits to the ALMA Observatory are on a first-come first-serve basis. We cannot put your name on the reservation list until you have made your deposit, so don't wait.
Your Science Storyteller.
November 22: Depart home
November 23: Arrive Santiago (morning), Transit to Atacama (evening)
November 24: Alto Atacama Resort
November 25: Visit ALMA Observatory (morning)
November 26: Alto Atacama Resort
November 27: Alto Atacama Resort
November 28: Transit to La Serena (morning), Thanksgiving Dinner (evening)
November 29: Visit Gemini Observatory (morning)
November 30: Transit to Santiago (morning), depart for home (evening)
December 1: Return home
Itinerary and stargazing sessions are subject to change due to factors outside our control (e.g., weather).
$5,950 land+air inclusive per person, double occupancy
Single occupancy surcharges apply. Land+air package price will vary slightly depending on your departure city. Our travel agents will provide an exact quote upon inquiry.
Reserve your spot today with a $2000 deposit.
Here are the different ways you can register:
Submit this completed form and our travel agents will contact you.
Talk to our agents directly by calling 740.407.2157 and asking for the "Atacama Dark Sky Retreat (2019)."
After you’ve registered, you can invite your friends and for each one that registers with a deposit, you’ll both receive $100 off the total price of your tour. Invite as many friends as you want! Explore the program here.
Join our live travel webinars.
All registered AstroTourists will be invited to attend a live webinar with your science storytellers and our staff to get updates, share travel tips, and ask questions. It’s also a great way to meet your fellow AstroTourists!
Tour Cancellation Guarantee
In order to develop custom tours with our partners, we have to secure our group accommodations and transportation with a minimum number of guest reservations by January 31, 2019. Rest assured, if the minimum is not met, everyone who made their deposits and payments through AstroTours will be notified and fully refunded. Details on customer cancellation policies are in our Terms & Conditions below.
Travel agency support provided by Mermaid Travel.
+ CODE OF ETHICS
We are all explorers – on a journey of discovery, sharing in the natural wonder of our planet and the Universe, and seeking extraordinary science experiences together.
We are committed to and actively promote diversity in our community, and we believe the future of science and research, culture and art, depend upon the inclusion of and respect for individual perspectives.
We will always be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful with each other, and promote a collaborative environment of safety, security, and friendship within our community.
We prohibit the use of any demeaning, discriminatory, threatening, or harassing speech toward any member of our AstroTouring community.
Your participation is contingent on upholding these ethics and standards of integrity as we travel together in search of our own unique connections with the cosmos.
+ Terms & Conditions
A deposit of $2000 per person is due upon reservation. Final Payment due 95 days before departure.
Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees
Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund.
Cancellation protection is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Payment of a per person waiver fee guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit) except for the waiver fee itself, in case of cancellation of travel plans. Various packages are available; please contact our travel agents for further inquires.
Concellation protection does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure.
Any name changes are subject to penalty.
A handling fee of $25 per change will be assessed for any change or revision made to a reservation.
If you have not purchased waivers, and you need to cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Cancellation Fees are as follows:
For cancellation more than 120 days prior to departure: full refund less $50 handling fee. For cancellation between 120-91 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation between 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 75% of total price. For cancellation between 60 days prior to departure and after: 100% of total price.
The Travel Protection Plan Fee does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual’s traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure.
AstroTours reserves the right to cancel any reservation, and that person will be responsible for any cancellation fees that apply, if our CODE OF ETHICS for the Astrotouring community are not upheld and adhered to.