Location & Directions

La Serena to Pachon:

  • Distance: almost 100km (94km)
  • Driving time: 1:30 ~ 2:00
  • Diff altitude: 2600 m
  • Road: first 50km are well paved and second 50km is well maintained  gravel road.
  • Car type: off-road / 4-wheel drive.

Tololo to Pachon:

  • Distance: 20.7 km
  • Driving time: ~ 20 to 30 minutes
  • Diff altitude: 850 m
  • Road: well maintained  gravel road.
  • Car type: off-road / 4-wheel drive.

Dorms/Casino to LSST

  • Distance: 3 km
  • Driving time: 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Diff altitude: 180 m
  • Road: well maintained  gravel road.
  • Car type: off-road / 4-wheel drive.

Car Rental

When driving on the summit cars are required to be 4x4 and to have roll bars. West Car www.westrentacar.cl is a rental company based In La Serena that can help get an appropriate car.


Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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