Welcome to The Southern Skies Star Party
Experience A Taste of the Bolivian Adventure
The Southern Skies Star Party makes it’s home for a week at the Inca Utama Resort, which is located near the small town of Huatajata, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, 78 miles north of La Paz, Bolivia. 
The observing site and hotel are at an elevation of 12,500 feet above sea level, almost as high as Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. 
South 16° 12’ 53.7" 
West  068° 40’ 59.1" 

SSSP is held during the dry Bolivian Winter and that almost guarantees clear, transparent skies during the 10+ hours of darkness. Nightime temperatures generally range in the 30F-40F degree  range with low humidity. Daytime temperatures easily top the 60F degree mark and make sightseeing very pleasant. 
Because of the high altitude, it is recommended that you consult your physician about having a current physical before considering a trip to the SSSP. On arrival in Bolivia, orientation instructions are given and will explain how to acclimate to the high altitude. You can expect that acclimation to take about 24 hours. To lessen the effects of high altitude, you can consult your physician about having a prescription of acetazolamide (Diamox) prescribed a few days before you leave to help ease the symptoms of hypoxia. 
While astrophotographers must carry cases of equipment on the journey, observers can expect to have the use of a wonderful telescope that is a permanent resident of the hotel. 
A 14' x 40' roll-off-roof observatory at the Hotel was built by Darius Morgan, Jr. for the November, 3 1994 solar eclipse and contains a 10" f/5.6 StarMaster 
Dobsonian telescope. This telescope is available each evening for everybody’s use and enjoyment. 

For more information on the 1998 SSSP take a look at Totality Tours. 
The people in Bolivia who help make the SSSP a huge success are Crillion Tours, S.A. 

Not only does the SSSP offer a great site for photographing and observing the southern skies, but a wide variety of day trips are offered for your enjoyment.  
Please take a look in the near future of a few of the ICSTARS mini-tours for a taste of the SSSP and Bolivia (Coming Soon!- Please Check Back) 

Photographs of the Southern Skies. 
La Paz  shopping tour. 
Tiwanaku Ruins. 
Titicaca Panorama. 
Kalahuta Island  via hydrofoil. 
Copacabana  via hydrofoil. 
La Paz Tour  & Moon Valley. 
Fossil Hunt with Native Picnic. 
Machu Picchu Extension. 

The next SSSP with be held on Saturday, June 20 to June 27th, 1998.