Cerro Paranal is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.635m (8,645ft) above the sea level located in the Atacama desert in Chile.
At the summit there’s an observatory called Cerro Paranal Observatory, site of the Very Large Telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory and fully charged batteries! It’s so futuristic-looking that portions of the James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace were filmed here. The road to the summit is asphalted. The last part of the climb is closed by a horizontal control point. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. Near the summit there’s a hotel, also known as La Residencia, which provides accommodation and meals for ESO staff only. It is not possible to stay overnight in Paranal. It served as a backdrop for part of the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace. The location features as a Hotel Perla de las Dunas, the location where Greene and General Medrano meet to finalise the coup. In 2012, ESO’s Paranal Observatory was portrayed worldwide by Land Rover in its advertising shot.