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Mamalluca Observatory

Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: 56 51 670330
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Ranked #10 of 30 Attractions in La Serena
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Owner description: Although no longer open to the public for observation, tourists can book a tour of the facilites...
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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.

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133 reviews 133 reviews
82 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Arlington, VA
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5 attraction reviews
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Bolton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Firstly, I do not know whether it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving in Chile but our driver used hers constantly on the return journey - the road is absolutely treacherous and it was pitch-black. I was scared and really thought we were going to crash. If it is not against the law to use a mobile... More 

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Chile
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Mamalluca is obviously an icon of the region and we all appreciate the efforts done to open a gate for people to begin looking upwards to the wonderful sky that we have. However the attraction has become too popular and you get into a very massive group where they give you an endless talk (if you go with children under... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a must see attraction when you are in La Serena. Great opportunity to see through the telescopes and learn some astronomy. We had very unusually cloudy weather in sept of 2014. The observatory was not open for several nites so if you are in town for a few nites plan this visit on your first nite, even if... More 

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Toronto
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Set your expectations for this one. You get to look through some powerful telescopes but you're not going to see anything mind blowing. Just sort of an amplified view of what you see in the sky. The English guide was great and knowledgeable and gave a full tour but my group had a good twenty or so people, some who... More 

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Dublin
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I am backpacker, 37yrs old, 40+countries  visited. I visited Mamalluca observatory encouraged by good reviews on Internet.  That was my second observatory, my first experience was in San Pedro de Atacama. PRICE: 4.500 pesos for the entry, 3000 for return transport with a mini van arranged in a ticketing office in Vicuña (the lady in the ticketing office also reserves... More 

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