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Mamalluca Observatory

Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, La Serena, Chile
56 51 670330
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Ranked #7 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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Hong Kong, China
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365 reviews 365 reviews
201 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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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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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86 reviews 86 reviews
70 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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14 attraction reviews
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
12 helpful votes 12 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
45 helpful votes 45 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

The basic tour is exactly that, basic. You won't learn a lot if you already know a little or if you've been to another southern observatory (in my case, Cusco planetarium - highly recommended!). I went straight from Vicuña, it's not far, but we left almost an hour after they said we would. Unfortunately my visit coincided with the full... More

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