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European Southern Observatory Paranal

| Cerro Paranal, Antofagasta, Chile
+56 9 9839 5312
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Absolutely Fascinating

Paranal is worth the long trip from San Pedro to arrive at 13:30 on Saturday afternoon, the one day... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Arthur S
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Canada
Another world!

I had the privilege of working at the Paranal Observatory for a couple weeks. I stayed at the ESO... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2016
evilgenius666
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Perranporth, United Kingdom
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Apr 3, 2018
“Absolutely Fascinating”
Mar 3, 2016
“Another world!”
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| Cerro Paranal, Antofagasta, Chile
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+56 9 9839 5312
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Paranal is worth the long trip from San Pedro to arrive at 13:30 on Saturday afternoon, the one day a week that the public can enter. What a place! The tours are in English and Spanish. The equipment is immense. The whole experience was wonderful....More

2  Thank Arthur S
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Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

I had the privilege of working at the Paranal Observatory for a couple weeks. I stayed at the ESO Hotel, (which was the building that was 'blown up' during the finale of the James Bond 'Quantum of Solace' movie. The technicians and staff were amazing,...More

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Reviewed December 12, 2015

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...More

3  Thank Bill V
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Reviewed November 23, 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...More

Thank Deimantele
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Reviewed November 9, 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...More

1  Thank mohlux123
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Reviewed October 18, 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...More

1  Thank SanDiegoGuy1
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Reviewed June 9, 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...More

1  Thank Maufisio
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muffet2015
December 22, 2015|
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Response from Bill V | Reviewed this property |
Just had a quick look, one way taxi £65-£70, with standing time for the driver extra it is better to hire a car. Contact me by PM if you require further info as I was there three weeks ago.
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