The continent of South America is a hotspot for astronomical tourism. Its countless clear skies, high altitudes, and uninhabited landscapes make it an optimal environment for stargazing. Here are some of the top stargazing locations in South America.
Atacama Desert, Chile
This is generally regarded as the best place to go stargazing. Its high altitudes, dry weather and consistent climate let the sky glow.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This stunning site is free from light pollution and is located on the equator. This means you can see the skies of both hemispheres.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
This awe-inspiring location offers tremendous views of the night sky in the surroundings of an active volcano. This means you can see the Magellanic Clouds and two dwarf galaxies at the same time as bright red molten lava.
Lake Titicaca, Peru
This magical site was a sacred location for the ancient Incan civilization. It is the world’s highest navigable lake and offers stellar views of the Milky Way.
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
This little known gem is a great place for relaxed and fun stargazing. You can surf during the day before relaxing in the laid back atmosphere as you enjoy the clear, fresh unpolluted night skies.