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Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: 56 51 670330
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Description: 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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The stars are awesome

We had a clear night with no moon. The stars were clear and numerous. Really I would almost pay just for the rude up to stare at the stars for a night. The telescopes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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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

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Exeter
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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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This place is more than awesome. Seeing the Milky Way was such a thing i have never though it would be possible. And all the sky is so clean that you can see a lot of beautiful constelation. With the equipments it was possible to see some planets. Everything it`s amazing !!

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We had a clear night with no moon. The stars were clear and numerous. Really I would almost pay just for the rude up to stare at the stars for a night. The telescopes and observatory are a bonus. That being said we had an excellent guide named Luis, great English, interesting facts, wide range of knowledge and he was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The Mamalluca experience was extraordinary. When we were driving to the observatory it was nearly sun set, the light on the ElQUI valley is remarkable. Once we reached the observatory we were divided into groups by language. That was a plus, the English speaking group was small. Our guide was very informative and explained all in detail. He would focus... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I had a really good time at the Observatory as our guide was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the night sky, however, for me personally the telescope part of the tour was a waste of time - it took quite a while to set up, then there were about 25 people queuing up trying to get a look and I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Unfortunately we had arrived in Vicuna when there was a full moon and were unable to tour one of the smaller observatories. It is very easy to purchase tickets in downtown Vicuna and they set up a transfer for you as well for an additional price. The tour was in English. However, the tour group was very large (40+) in... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We arranged for the visit to Mamalluca as part of a three-day astronomy/outdoors tour of Chile. It was the first night, right after we got into Santiago from the US, connected on LAN to La Serena, and spent the day touring La Serena and Coquimbo - so it was a long day and night for us! Ours was an English-speaking... More 

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SavMichael
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

The observatory office is located a block away from the square in Vicuna. Reservations can be made for the tours in advance. The tour is available in English and Spanish, but the English tour will probably have less people on the tour allowing you more time with the telescopes. If Luis is your guide, you will learn a lot about... More 

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Address: Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: 56 51 670330
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Coquimbo Region  >  La Serena

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