It is not often anybody gets the chance to visit an observatory so we took it.
Well explained by the guide bearing in mind that he is marine-biologist during the week, not anything to do with the observatory as one might expect.
A worthwhile trip from Antofagasta (about 1hr 45mins) I wasn't quite knowing what to expect but it was informative.
NOTE these tours are in Spanish and English only, much to the disappointment of a party of French speakers who were on the same tour.
While you are out there you may as well visit the Mano del Desierto which is about 30k
South of the Paranal turning off the Ruta 5.
Visits are free, but must be booked in advance. While we were there two parties of school children were on a similar tour so good to see everybody can get a look.
No public transport, and no food available. Toilets only at the entry gate complex.
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