The Daily Telegraph - 21 holidays that will make you a better person
July 25, 2015

Star-gazing in Chile.

I first looked through a powerful optical telescope on a stargazers’ tour around Chile, at the country’s Mamalluca Observatory in the Elqui Valley. There was Saturn and its rings, and the magical swirls of the Orion Nebula, one of the Hubble telescope’s favourite subjects. At Alma, the world’s largest astronomical project, high in the Atacama Desert, I met scientists searching the edges of our known universe. This was travel at its most mind-expanding.

Michelle Jana Chan travelled with Audley Travel (