Tourist Information

Discover all the news, informations, routes, recommendations and destinations that Chile offers to those who enjoy astronomical tourism.

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Astroturism in Chile: The best place in the world to watch the stars

Chile has positioned itself as the astronomy capital of the world. In Santiago, you can visit a circuit of touristic and scientific observatories, which we assure you will be the first step towards falling in love with observing the stars and the mysteries of the universe. Get to know them!

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Stargazing, a unique experience in Chile

Watch the stars, capture a shooting star and learn about constellations and planets. Destinations such as San Pedro de Atacama, Elqui Valley and Cajon del Maipo will surprise you with its minimal light pollution, a condition that makes these places ideal to enjoy the tranquility of the night and the beauty of our skies.

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A year full of astronomical activities in Chile is coming! We invite you to travel the country to appreciate its clear, pure skies. If you are in Santiago or its surroundings, we will tell you in this article which observatories you can visit to understand the functioning of the cosmos, stars and the entire universe.

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Tourist Information Offices

All around Chile you’ll find offices dedicated to providing information and helping people visiting the country. Most Tourist Information Offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come by one of these offices to request tourism information to help you out during your stay and improve your experience. Find the closest tourist information office to your destination and its specific business hours at

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National Holidays

When you organize your trip to Chile you must keep in mind the holidays or days dedicated to important celebrations. A large part of the Chilean population uses the holidays to travel between the regions of the country. The most popular are Easter, Christmas, New Year´s and the Independence celebrations on September 18th and 19th when we commemorate the independence of the country. Because of this, it’s important to plan your plane or bus trips ahead of time as well as the booking of your accommodation as these dates present an increased demand for these services. Also, bear in mind that during the obligatory holidays most shops and stores are closed.

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Safety Advice

If you come to Chile, here are some tips that will help you have a safe and pleasant experience:

  • When visiting the country, and just like in every other major city in the world you must look after your bags and suitcases to avoid theft and have a safe experience in Chile.
  • Carry copies of all your important documents including your passport.
  • Avoid walking alone at night on the outskirts of towns.
  • Don’t carry flashy valuables while walking on the street.
  • Always carry a map with you and the address of the place you’re staying at.
  • If you travel to places away from cities, carry a first-aid kit with you and the names of the medication you may need, in Spanish.

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