Visits to ESO Sites
This page is available in Spanish on our Chilean web site.
ESO is actively monitoring the fast development of COVID-19. To ensure the safety of its staff and the public, ESO has decided to take the precautionary measure to suspend public visits to ESO’s La Silla and Paranal Observatories in Chile until further notice.
We recommend you check our website regularly as any new changes will be communicated on this page.
If you have questions we kindly invite you to contact us through the following email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media visits, we invite you to read the information in the corresponding section.
Visits to the Facilities in Chile
ESO is happy to welcome tourists, students, journalists and TV crews at its La Silla, Paranal and ALMA sites in Chile. The capacity of the facilities is limited, therefore visits are organized in such a way that they do not disturb the work at the observatories.
Please note that all media visits require authorization in advance by the ESO Department of Communication. You can find guidelines for media visits here.
Public Visits to Paranal Observatory
Tourist and student visits to Paranal Observatory are scheduled every Saturday at 10:00 or 14:00. Prior registration is always necessary. Please check the Weekend Visits to Paranal page for further information and the registration form.
Public Visits to La Silla Observatory
La Silla Observatory is open for public visits every Saturday at 10:00 or 14:00. Prior registration is always necessary. Please check the Weekend Visits to La Silla page for further information and the registration form.
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. Prior registration is necessary. Please check the Weekend Visits to ALMA page for further information and the registration form. For safety reasons, the Array Operations Site (AOS) on Chajnantor plateau (where antennas are located) is not open to visitors.
Public Visits to APEX
Public Visits to ESO Vitacura Offices in Santiago
Public Visits to ELT/Cerro Armazones
Visits to ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany
Public visits to ESO Headquarters in Garching are possible. Our ESO Supernova is open Wed-Sun. Media representatives should contact the ESO Department of Communication in advance to obtain an appointment.