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Mamalluca Observatory

Gabriela Mistral 260, Vicuna 1760000, Chile
+56 51 267 0330
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Nice place to watch the stars

I liked the place, there's several telescopes to watch the stars (dots in the space) and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Santiago, Chile
Look at the past

Chile has some of the clearest best skies in the world hence there are a lot of observatories. This... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2017
Robert C
Dublin, Ireland
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The Mamalluca Observatory ("mother who shelters" according to Quechua) is located 9 kms northwest of Vicuña, at 1,100 m.s.n.m. Is a must see in the region of Coquimbo, is the first tourist observatory in Chile, has a 12-inch telescope donated by AURA that has CCD detectors for electronic photography, as well as a computer for data transfer This observatory offers one of the most important attractions of the area, the cleanest skies in the world, perfect for watching the night sky and be amazed. Within the Mamalluca Observatory, there is a tour with a duration of approximately 2 hours, where guides specialized in the matter explain in details about the universe and answer the concerns giving a sample of quality and truthfulness to the visitors. There it is possible to observe the stars, the Moon, the planets like Saturn and its rings or Jupiter and its 16 moons, and the different constellations.
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  • Average16%
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Gabriela Mistral 260, Vicuna 1760000, Chile
+56 51 267 0330
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked the place, there's several telescopes to watch the stars (dots in the space) and the planets (we could see Satun). But it's better to take astronomical photographs with your SDLR camera.

Thank Karm1nia
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Chile has some of the clearest best skies in the world hence there are a lot of observatories. This is 1 of the best for doing public shows. There are offices in La Serena and Vicuna. I booked it in Vicuna and it cost 10,000...More

1  Thank Robert C
MamallucaVicuna, Director General at Mamalluca Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017
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Gracias Robert por los comentarios donde destacas las bondades de Chile y el Observatorio Mamalluca en la observación astronómica. Saludos...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

Booked a tour in the local Vicuna city office. A quick and efficient process, though they should warn you that you have to pay extra to get a ride up to the observatory. It only amounted to an extra $4 or $5, but it's nice...More

Thank Josh F
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Anyone with even a passing interest in stargazing and/or astronomy should do this tour! It's purpose built to show people round which means the telescopes aren't industrial strength but it means the whole place is set up to show the public why Chile is the...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We did this as an evening excursion from La Serena. We thoroughly enjoyed all that we saw, the guide was informative and friendly. Our one issue was the number of people on the tour, there were too many which made it cramped at times and...More

1  Thank LauraEvans88
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This was a very good trip. The sky was so clear and the guides were very knowledgeable about the subject.

Thank mgysgtusmc1
Reviewed 13 March 2017

You get picked up in Vicuna and driven the fairly short distance to their observatory in the rural area around Vicuna. The naked eye experience here as elsewhere, provided the sky is clear, is truly amazing, as you see the Milky Way, the Southern Cross,...More

1  Thank Martin S
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We came here through an organised tour with EcoTours and the entrance itself was 7,000 pesos per adult. There are several telescopes and a few spots to watch an interesting movie. I'd highly recommend coming here with a guide as without one you will be...More

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The tour guides make a big effort but with so many people it was just impossible. We had to queue up for 30 minutes to look at the first object, and by that time my kids were bored senseless, and so was I, so we...More

1  Thank Observatorio
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We joined the tour that we thought began at Midnight but began at 1am and finished at 3am. It was absolutely marvellous as there were only four of us who spoke English and we had our own guide for the entire visit. He was ironic...More

Thank Gabriel11
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