ALMA Observatory, San Pedro de Atacama

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ALMA Observatory is located in San Pedro de Atacama. Put ALMA Observatory and other San Pedro de Atacama attractions into our San Pedro de Atacama online holiday planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • October 6, 2017
    This tour is very worth your time if you have any interest in science. It was a highlight of my trip to the Atacama area. You must register ahead of time on their website for free tour tickets. Do thi...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The most interesting is that the visitor is guided inside the premises of the Centre, where people are working, it's a great project, you get the urge to be a part of it all.
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  • September 26, 2017
    The visit of ALMA takes place only on Saturday and Sunday, and reservation is necessary (can be done through the website of the European Southern Observatory). The tour starts from the bus station of San Pedro where a comfortable buses in 30 minutes to reach the working area of ALMA. Here the talented guide explains how it works, what are the scientific and relapses during the tour you can see the workshops and the control room of the antennas. During the visit you can see the antenna for security reasons as they posed at an altitude higher than 5000 metres. If you are lucky you can see the antennas that are brought back to base for maintenance so as to get an idea of the real size of this equipment.
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As the stepping-stone to the nearby national reserve, San Pedro de Atacama offers an impressive range of hotels and guesthouses. Despite the big selection, prices remain relatively high throughout the year due to the town's status as northern Chile's tourist hub. At the peak of the summer season (late December to late March), some budget-friendly hostels even require single travelers to share a room with another guest. If you wish to avoid that, look into one of the hotels, many of which cluster around the town's central area and line the main street.
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