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Mamalluca Observatory

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Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: 56 51 670330
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Although no longer open to the public for observation, tourists can...

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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Amazing southern sky... tour runs a bit long

The views, even to the naked eye, on a moonless winter night were amazing. Using the telescopes was interesting and the tour guide was knowledgeable. However, the English tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went on a half moon after being told it was good to see the stars. It's not. If you have looked through a telescope before at the moon and random stars don't bother going. If not this would still be a fun thing to do. If you want to see galaxies or the Milky Way only go when there... More 

Thank Pejie
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320 reviews
110 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For £4.50, we got a 2.5 hour tour in English, it was very interesting, especially for someone who has never really been interested in stars, I learnt an awful lot. Well worth it

Thank A27Lincolnshire
Berlin, Germany
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a 300km detour to see the observatory - it was supposed to be one of the highlights of our holiday. We reserved several days in advance and confirmed the day of the tour. But when we got there after a four hour drive, we were told by the guard that the tour had been cancelled, due to "bad... More 

Thank Kim R
Maldon, Australia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I'd never done a tour like this before & wouldn't do one again unless there was some limit to the number of people in the group. 18 was too many as there was minimal time for actually observing & asking questions. There were also 4 other groups doing tge tour this night & ours wasn't the biggest.

Thank AndrewFishFinger
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12 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The stars in the middle of the Atacama are beautiful. We went during the lunar eclipse, which made the stars even brighter. However, the telescopes are terrible - old and outdated. You could buy a better telescope easily, or a friend probably already has one. Not worth the money to go out and use the equipment. If you can find... More 

Thank AliciaBH
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I don't think enough reviews have mentioned how important the Moon is for this experience (as well as a clear night). We went 6 days before the Moon was full and it felt very disappointing. Many times the guide was saying "if we had a clear night you could see this . . . and this . . ." You... More 

Thank Samuel F
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The views, even to the naked eye, on a moonless winter night were amazing. Using the telescopes was interesting and the tour guide was knowledgeable. However, the English tour is well over two hours (the Spanish one is longer as they start with a short film) and when it's over they leave you to find your way home in the... More 

Thank 362kerrib
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

A fantastic and humbling experience. The tour is cheap and conducted by people who are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Not to be missed

Thank Carl B
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106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a warning, as I had no idea this could happen. We awoke to a cloudy day so we asked the girl on reception if we should move our tour and she replied no it's much clearer over the mountains where the observatory is. Later still cloudy we asked her to ring the tour company and they said it... More 

Thank bright_ii
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a great and highly informative stop. Try to go when the moon is not full or near-full, as its light blocks out some of the more interesting observing possibilities. Very inexpensive and well worth the money. Use the van service to get there, however - an inxperienced person wouldn't want to do even this 25-minute, mountain-climbing ride at... More 

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