Who we are
LaPalmastars.com is the trademark and website for ‘AstroLaPalma SLU‘ company working fully on Astrotourism with a variety of activities and experiences related to astronomy for amateurs, general public, outreach and photography. Ecotourism – always!
Our team has successfully organized astronomical tours in La Palma, Canary Islands, since 2012. All team members have experience in astronomical instrumentation, public outreach, teaching and amateur astronomy. This experience has been acquired both in Spain and in other countries. All team members are also Starlight accredited guides.
We are very proud of the history of the company and our carreer path. It is clear that our priority is the quality of the services we provide. We have Certificates of Excellence on Tripadvisor (5 *) annually since 2013 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). We were awarded “Tripadvisor Travellers Choice 2020” which is great honour. Also, we have contributed to La Palma receiving the “Merit National Award in Tourism for Emerging Destinations” (2015) granted by the Government of Spain and also the Best national active leisure option issued at FITUR for 2018. From July 2019, it belongs to the Tourist Product Club of the La Palma Biosphere World Reserve, which distinguishes the company for promoting the enjoyment of natural heritage from the point of view of sustainable development.
LaPalmaStars.com y AstroLaPalma SLU Team
The team is lead by Ana García Suárez, a PhD and an astroPhysicist. She is a member of the AstroTourism Entrepreneur Group & AstroTourism Board of La Palma; she is the founder of AstroLaPalma and LaPalmastars, the largest AstroTourism business on La Palma; Ana is also the founder of the AstroMaster La Palma International photography workshops; she has been organising visits to the Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos from 2013 and she has been the organiser for the AstroFest La Palma (largest astrorelated festival on the island) in 2015 & 2018. Ana García was awarded the “Women with a Star” Award in 2017 on the island of La Palma.
«Every night I look at the sky, even if cloudy. I have been doing this from as early as I can remember. This job combines perfectly my passion for astronomy with public outreach. I always joke that I am trying to “convert” everyone to look up, even if life is a little bit cloudy ».
Candy Bethencourt. Starlight guide. Astronomer. Since May 2015.
“What I like so much about my job apart from the astronomy, is to be able to bring people the knowledge of the Universe. I am amazed that I can learn more every day and see what this generates in people. It really is a unique experience.”
Stefanie Frank. Starlight guide. Astronmer. Since January 2017.
“For me, astronomy is not just stargazing, but knowing where we are and where we come from. We can see objects such as stars, nebulas, galaxies, clusters that seem to be close but at the same time are very far away … But what I like most is to go out in the open and see the sky, full of stars, and with the intimacy of darkness, become a child again. I will never get tired of watching the surprise faces on people when discovering something new. ”
Bianca Welsch. Bachelor of Humanities. Master degree on Cultural Management. Starlight guide. Official Tourism Guide. Since July 2018.
“For me, working in astronomy and public outreach is indispensable as well as very romantic. Every night, my job becomes a magical challenge which bridges the intangible world of the Universe to the perceivable by understanding and observing. ”
Rosmar Fernandez. Administration. Tourist information office. Since March 2019.
“Not only I do fall in love with stars at work, but also with the human quality of our team, the love and learning from each other. It’s been an experience and I am loving it. ”
Petra Berendsen. Engineer. Since June 2016.
“Looking at the sky with my own eyes or with a telescope allows me to explore the magical space in all its vastness and dimension. It’s fascinating, especially when you can share what you learn with other people and push them to discover it for themselves. ”
Giovanni Díaz. Starlight monitor Astronomer. Professional photographer. Since January 2018.
“I definitely love astrophotography. The power of taking pictures at night … It’s awesome! ”