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Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015
Chile has taken to a new drive to attract tourists to its country that can neither boast of its diverse marine and terrestrial wildlife, scenic countryside nor landscapes. Chile is attracting tourists to its astronomical wonders.
Chile is growing as a potential global tourism spot. The southern end of the Atacama Desert is the place where the Elqui Valley leads you to the wonders of the sky. Tourist can take customized packages to La Serena city which is haven for star gazers as it offers the vintage locations and the clearest skies.
For those with a penchant for exploring the mysteries of the sky, all you would need to do is get your telescopes and find a place in the foothills of the Andes. You can also watch from the observatories there. Pangue Observatory, which opened in 2008, is a tourist friendly observatory offering the best views. At a price of US$20 [$26] for locals to as much as US$40,000 [$51,000] for foreign tourists, some splendid star gazing sessions can be earned for those with a true passion.
In 2014 Astro-tourism in Chile made a significant impact. Northern Chile is known for its clear skies — the clearest in the entire world — which is why the most advanced telescopes and observatories are built in the area. Chile owns more than half of the world’s astronomy infrastructures and telescopes, and in the next coming years, more than 70 percent of the world’s biggest telescopes will find their homes in the South American country.
Other than its astronomical wonders the country boasts of its mineral riches. The mineral deposits in the White Titanium Mountain have become a world leader as far as producing titanium is concerned. The country has ambitious plans to produce 112 million tonnes of high-grade rutile.