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From the perspective of a scientist who doesn't work on/at/with/near ALMA, I loved this place! I... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Nicolle Z
Holt, Michigan
You leave it wanting to work there.

Complete visit to understand the magnitude and importance of this project. Its fun for people of... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Marcos S
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Alonso de Cordova 3107, San Pedro de Atacama 1410000, Chile
+56 2 2467 6100
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

From the perspective of a scientist who doesn't work on/at/with/near ALMA, I loved this place! I learned so much from the staff we met and would like to go back, now that I know what questions to ask! My group was fortunate to go up...More

Thank Nicolle Z
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Complete visit to understand the magnitude and importance of this project. Its fun for people of all ages. Besides the scientific lessons, the place have a unique view of the Atacama Desert Need to book in advance because the visits happens only at weekends.

Thank Marcos S
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

The guides were very knowledgeable and frendly. They incentived kids to participate in asking and answering questions. It was great to be able to access the control room and talk to the astronomers as well as visiting the trucks that transport the antennas.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

+ guide takes a lot of time to explain + real effort by the crew, could see even the control room and speak to actively working staff (!!) + for free + complete shuttle service from the main bus terminal (close by/opposite) - no driving...More

1  Thank Iliketotravelexplore
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Was on the standby list and everyone one on standby got in save for me and my husband. It was very disapointng.

Thank ozbozcoz
Reviewed 28 April 2018

ALMA is an incredible project. The 66-telescope array is perched on a harsh plateau 3 miles above the world's driest desert. Literally anyone can apply to use it to study the origins of the universe. And it’s all built, financed, and operated jointly by TWENTY-TWO...More

1  Thank ReadyForThisJelly
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Booked well in advance online so definitely had a seat on the bus -bit risky otherwise. Short bus trip up to the visitor centre where our English speaking guide, Paola, was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information about the observatory. Amazing views of...More

1  Thank Janeda58
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

This tour is free, in a town that is very touristy and a bit too expensive, and therein lies the problem. The system for reserving a place on the tour relies on booking online WAY in advance and booking a place, but because it is...More

4  Thank nowaklu
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This tour is very worth your time if you have any interest in science. It was a highlight of my trip to the Atacama area. You must register ahead of time on their website for free tour tickets. Do this as early as you can...More

4  Thank SuperKatie
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

The ALMA radio observatory facility conducts free tours with advance online reservation, although it is possible to get in from a waiting list the morning of the tour. The bus leaves from San Pedro and takes about 45 minutes to reach the ALMA base camp....More

3  Thank Dariusz L
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12 December 2017|
Response from Anumeha S |
If your question is still open, the visit is only suitable for children over 4 years. So yes its open for families with children over the age of 4.