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Mamalluca Observatory

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Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, Vicuna, Chile
Phone Number:
56 51 670330

Although no longer open to the public for observation, tourists can book a...

Although no longer open to the public for observation, tourists can book a tour of the facilites and observe the skies from this prime spot in the southern hemisphere.

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Dazzled By Stars

I got a good taste of the cosmic wonders visible under the clear desert skies. Our English astronomer guide was *excellent* -- I wish I had caught his name. So much good... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
James W
Everett, Washington
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Perth, Australia
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316 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 and entertaining. Going here allowed us to join the dots on previous bits of information... More 

Thank Gabriel11
Santiago, Chile
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I totally recommend going to this observatory to see and learn about stars. You can go with an agency, but I was told it's advisable to go by car in order to sty until later in the night and be able to observe some other interesting stars. You should always call in advance to check if you will be able... More 

Thank Cristian G
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our last night in Vicuña we decided to just go for the stars. We had a car so no issues, minimal local driving experience is a plus. The site was closed due to clouds in the afternoon although sky was clear at 22:00 that night. Just for the silence and stargazing with minimal light pollution it was worth the... More 

Thank teve62
Thessaloniki, Greece
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

This was an unforgettable experience. Our guide (Hernan) was amazing, explaining in details the sky and pointing us to amazing constellations, planets, stars and galaxies with the telescopes of Mamalluca. The english tour was less busy, which means more time with the telescopes.

Thank Dimitris P
Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I got a good taste of the cosmic wonders visible under the clear desert skies. Our English astronomer guide was *excellent* -- I wish I had caught his name. So much good information. Great telescopes. Only downside is the large group size inside the dome: a bit claustrophobic.

Thank James W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I went with a Spanish speakers group and the guide was very good. He explained us a lot of things and we had the chance to look to different starts, constellations and the moon. We even took pictures of the moon through the telescope. Amazing pictures and delightful experience. Love ti.

Thank Rodrigo C
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Truly unforgettable observatory tour. We spent an hour looking at the stars through a telescope than an hour outside where our guide used a laser pointer to show us constellations. The stars in the Elqui Valley are simply amazing. They have tours in both English and Spanish.

Thank kivory11
Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The stars you get to see is dependent on the night you go. Make sure you specify that you want and English tour or you will miss out on information. Do not expect to see stars through a large observatory telescope, but still worth the visit.

Thank Jonathan L
Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Overall tour was great.. we did the English speaking tour. The staff were super friendly in dealing with my booking online. Our driver picked us up from La Serena, and drove us to Vicuna, where we picked up another 6 tourists. We had a super clear night, and our tour guide was great.. really makes you feel that we are... More 

Thank Mike_Acosta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is a great experience to see and learn about the night sky. It was incredible to see the planets through the telescope. The guides are very knowledgable.

Thank Lucas B

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