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“A chance to learn something new ”

European Southern Observatory Paranal
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

A visit at Paranal was very interesting, we could visit James Bond hotel and of course had a tour in the Observatory. We saw the Telescopes and learned about their system. In addition we could shortly visit the offices of scientists. Prepare questions as you can definitely learn some things. The view on top is breathtaking - photos are allowed. Have fun! :-)

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Reviewed 9 November 2015

We booked the Saturday early afternoon visit (there's only 2 visits on Saturday). As there's absolutely no way the get there on public transport (unless you plan to walk up the hill from the junction for a few km in the heat) we rented a car in Antofagasta. It still took us about 2h30 to get there. The guide was very serious and didn't seem very passionate about his job at ESO Paranal. We had to drill him with questions to make it worthwile. A better guide would have made it more enjoyable especially as the subject is a bit complex for non astronomy entusiasts.

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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Sign up online to visit and tour the facility. It is an amazing place to see how we are exploring the galaxies and what has been done to provide European, North American, East Asian and Chilean scientists with advanced equipment and facilities to explore the galaxies.

I will always remember my visit here.

Also, their staff living "hotel" is the " Bolivian hotel" that was blown up in the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.

1  Thank SanDiegoGuy1
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

I knew I couldn't enter without a booking but I went there and tried to go up to see just the view. You can't even go up. There is a security point and you can't pass without a booking. The tours are made on Saturdays only, really? Come on, open one more day, there is nothing to do in Antofagasta to see and wait until next Saturday. You can climb a small mountain before the security point and see how much would be fun if you could go up there. The view is great but would be amazing on the top. This place is the only thing that would make me go back to Antofagasta.

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