Visits to ESO Sites
This page is available in Spanish on our Chilean web site.
Visits to the Facilities in Chile
"ESO is happy to welcome tourists, students, journalists and TV crews at its La Silla and Paranal sites, and journalists and TV crews to the ALMA site in Chile. Visits will be organised within the limited capacity available and in such a way that they do not disturb the progress of work at the sites."
Please note that all media visits require authorization in advance by the ESO education and Public Outreach Department. You can find guidelines for media visits here.
Public Visits to the Observatory on Cerro Paranal
Tourist and student visits to Paranal Observatory are scheduled every Saturday at 10:00 or 14:00. A dedicated web page with all relevant information about Weekend Visits to Paranal is available. Prior registration is always necessary.
Public Visits to the Observatory on La Silla
La Silla Observatory is open for public visits every Saturday at 14:00, except in July and August. Please check the Weekend Visits to La Silla page for further details.
Public Visits to the ALMA OSF
Tourist and student visits to the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00. A dedicated website with all the relevant information about weekend visits to ALMA is available. For tickets and information please go here. Prior registration is necessary. For safety reasons, operations on the Chajnantor Plateau (the Array Operations Site, or AOS, where the antennas are located) are not open to visitors.
Public Visits to APEX
Unfortunately no public visits to APEX are currently possible. Media representatives are welcome. Please contact the ESO education and Public Outreach Department in advance to obtain an appointment.
Visits to ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany
Media representatives are welcome to visit the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich. Please contact the ESO education and Public Outreach Department in advance to obtain an appointment.