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Wonderful experience!

A must to go if you are planning a family trip to the area. An educational and entertaining... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Santiago, Chile
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Marvelous experience

Our whole experience was extraordinary. They pick up us at the main plaza, at 19:15, and after a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Santiago, Chile
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Astronomical Observatory offering guided Tours, as well as telescope renting programmes for advanced astronomers. Several large telescopes offered, ranging from 16 inches to 28 inches of aperture, and away from city lights. Groups strictly limited...more
San Martin, 233, Vicuna, Chile
+56 51 241 2584
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must to go if you are planning a family trip to the area. An educational and entertaining activity. Hosts are very kind and always attentive to clarify questions

Thank jcmontjoy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our whole experience was extraordinary. They pick up us at the main plaza, at 19:15, and after a 20 minutes cross-country driving we arrive at the observatory, just at the top of the hill. We were 6 passengers, and the driver was very careful and...More

Thank EdoSal
Reviewed 25 April 2018

By general consensus from online reviews and local Vicuna innkeeper recommendations, this is the best astronomy tour in the Valle de Elqui area, with small tours, great gear and attentive expert hosts. However, it pays to know that coordinating with them can be a little...More

1  Thank Spokanic
eric e, Owner at Observatorio del Pangue, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thanks indeed for your nice and encouraging words, and thanks also for highlighting that we need a minimum of 24 hours delay to guarantee booking and meeting instructions, because we want to make sure that everything will run on schedule: in case of contacting us...More

Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

An incredible star gazing experience. I didn't really know what to expect but just to stare up at the clear night sky and see the milky way for the first 10mins or so was amazing enough. The two friendly and knowledge astronomers provided plenty of...More

Thank gregors392
eric e, Owner at Observatorio del Pangue, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

...and we appreciated your enthusiasm too... Just to avoid excessive expectations from our next guests, on that night there was a last-minute cancellation, so the group reduced to 3 people only, but the regular attendance is of 8 to 10 people.

Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We compared this with other observatories and this won. The groups are small, less than 8 and ours was only 5. There is a 45 minute drive but the darkness is amazing. The time looking at the stars through the telescope was high due to...More

Thank Johncobham
eric e, Owner at Observatorio del Pangue, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thanks indeed for your nice words that help us to go on with this... and thanks also for your patience with the road, at this moment it is under heavy works and requires to drive slow, but after that we should get back the usual...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018

First, the good, the time spent viewing through the telescope is spectacular. We were very close to a full moon, so we were limited in seeing certain things, but on the flip side we got a stunning view of the moon. The astronomer was friendly,...More

1  Thank imadoll33
eric e, Owner at Observatorio del Pangue, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

You explained it well, we contacted the hotel to leave a message for a couple of guests confirming that they can come with their own car (as previously accorded with them) but they didn't show up at the hotel and so never get the message,...More

Reviewed 29 January 2018

Took a group of 4 up to the Observatorio. The road trip up is an experience The explanations of the French astronomer were superbe ... adapted to the knowledge of each visitor. The telescope is fun to watch and look through (!). Not always as...More

Thank NormMacdonald
Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

I can recommend this experience, highly. The guides were knowledgeable and could share that knowledge in several languages. Due to weather issues my tour had to be moved but it was easy handling without any fuss.

Thank Sven S
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Not cheap, but definitely worth every pesos! Small group, great telescope, really competent (Astro physician) and friendly guide. We looked at so many impressive things like twin stars, supernovas, other galaxies, plansts with their moons, nebulas..and so on. He told many interesting facts and was...More

1  Thank Moritz B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is the best place! Eric is so interesting and explain you the sky with lot's of love! You will learn a lot!

Thank fribea03
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25 April 2017|
Response from starofvenus | Reviewed this property |
There was only one tour available. Hope this helps.
Debra R
2 May 2016|
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Response from cardiffdiver | Reviewed this property |
You should email them directly. The town is very small and when I went they had everyone meet at their office by the Plaza. Hope this helps.