Tierra Atacama's Desert Tour Provides a View into Outer Space

By: Laura McQuarrie - Feb 6, 2015
References: tierraatacama & theguardian
Capitalizing on the popularity of astro-tourism, Tierra Atacama offers a unique desert tour. Now that most of the world has been conquered in terms of travel adventures, it seems that people are looking to the skies for the next big thing.

Since the desert provides the perfect blank canvas for spotting stars in the sky, this stargazing experience is set up in Chile's Atacama desert. Being one of the driest spots in the world also means that this region is one of the most unpolluted. In place of people permanently calling the desert home, there are a number of space observatories that call to tourists from around the world. On a night tour, people are able to peer through 10-mile-long telescopes at the Alma observatory, with a resolution that's 10 times higher than the Hubble telescope.