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Mamalluca Observatory

Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
56 51 670330
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Ranked #6 of 26 attractions in La Serena
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tahoe City, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Whatever your interest in astronomy, this is a must-see in the La Serena area. You learn about stars, planets, constellations, and how the Inkas viewed the sky. Tours are available in English and Spanish, and each group has the opportunity to look through the telescope and see an object up close. The guide was very knowledgeable, interesting and funny. It... More

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Hong Kong, China
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366 reviews 366 reviews
202 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Situated in one of the best areas for stargazing in the world, it will be a shame to miss Mamallurca if you are ever in the La Serena area. The observatory has a $400,000 telescope which you can observe the night sky with. Tours are given in Spanish and English and there are several tours every night. Check the observatory's... More

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Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We did experience at night at this astrolab. It was a wonderful experience in small group of 8. We saw stars, planets, moon and so much. The observation is through a the telescope, not on a screen but in real time. We had each of us time to see. The explanations were clear, abundant and so interesting. We liked it.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

excellent full day tour with Ecoturismo. went to elqui valley and the observatory. Tour guide Roldofo was informative, interesting and an excellent guide. Well priced for the full day option

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Santiago, Chile
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98 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Unique experience. I've never seen so many stars and a sky so clear. Inside the main building is a small souvenir shop, washrooms and a water cooler, which is a nice touch. Tour began with a classroom style introduction, followed by smaller groups being taken outside to view the stars with telescopes. The highlight for me was seeing Jupiter.

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Cusco, Peru
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I went on a tour organized by Eco Turismo as an add-on to my Elqui Valley tour. Luis was our guide at the observatory, and he was knowledgable and entertaining. I learned a lot about telescopes and astronomy. His use of the laser pointer was a big help in pointing out the constellations, certain stars, and planets. He also did... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Good and affortable option of an observatory in the area. The astronomy was great in presenting the sky through the telescopy. It could only be better if we were not so close to the full moon.

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

More of a wonderful location to view the sky than an "Observatory". On the night when I went, conditions were excellent - not too cold, no clouds, and no moon, everything clear and bright. I have never seen so many stars. The guide was very good, pointing out the constellations with a laser pointer that acted like a 1 km... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

small observatory, but great guide that spoke great english. It was one of the rare cloudy nights. Definitlt recomend going to an observatory in such a great place.

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Dallas, Texas
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62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This observatory cost only $3.500 pesos which is about $7 if you have your own transportation and can follow the tour guide's van. We went up about 8:30 from nearby Vicuna, Chile in the Elqui Valley. Then, inside the dome they had a couple of short videos projected on the walls using a computer. They showed how the stars looked... More

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