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Astronomical Observatory La Silla

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La Silla Astronomical Observatory is an investigation center located 2400 meters above sea level.

It´s part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) since 1969. The place has high technology equipments.


High technology instruments.




Fourth region. Located 156 kilometers northwest of La Serena and 96 kilometers northeast of La Higuera.

How to get there?

To the observatory: Land route, by Panamericana Highway north (kilometer 598). Then turn east.

When to go?

January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December.


Semiarid. Arid in the north and mild in the south. The shore temperatures are homogeneuos, meanwhile in the interior the temperature oscillates between day and night time. Rain during winter season.


Outdoor activities.


Andacollo, Las Tacas Beach, Los Hornos Bay, El Tofo Hill, Old Chungungo, La Serena, Coquimbo, Choros Island, Damas Island, La Higuera, La Serena, Las Campanas Astronomy Observatory, La Silla Astronomy Observatory, Blanca Beach, Choros beach, Guanaqueros beach, La herradura beach, Peñuelas beach, Tongoy, Punta Choros, Humboldt Penguin National Reserve.


You need previous authorization in Santiago. E-mail recepstg@eso.org

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