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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 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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$690*
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3-Day Chilean Experience Including Whale Watching from Valparaiso
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Pleasant Evening Looking at the Stars

Overall, we enjoyed the star tour at Mamalluca. Our guide, Luis, was knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about his subject matter. Although we had already attended a more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
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Oakland, California
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I know close to zero about astronomy, but this tour blew me away. First of all, we had a wonderful english speaking astronomer who used a laser pointer to very clearly point out important stars, planets, and constellations in the dark skies above the observatory. We then got to look through two different types of telescopes at parts of the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a side trip while staying in La Serena. It was a bit of drive to get there but if you don't need to pay for their transportation the price of admission goes down by quite a bit so that's something to consider. Though the drive there was a bit of a gong show... they didn't really wait to... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Overall, we enjoyed the star tour at Mamalluca. Our guide, Luis, was knowledgeable and clearly enthusiastic about his subject matter. Although we had already attended a more intimate star show at Alfa Aldea, we were glad we went to Mamalluca as well because it was a different experience. At Mamalluca, we saw more stars because we were farther from the... More 

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1 Thank RounderPea
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I visited on a starry night.. It started with a breathtaking drive, though not for the fainthearted, that in itself is a preparation for what's to come. As the evening progressed and darkness settled I was treated to why I came here. Stillness and Darkness rules the sky yielding the stars! yes, the stars! here I am a minute two... More 

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1 Thank 184manandwife
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Apparently this is not a cientific observatory. When I was there the moon was very bright, so one couldnt see much of the stars. The highlight is the guide who shows where each constelation is. He knew every single star you could ask. You will look at the moon and to a nebulosa using an electronic telescope.

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Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I absolutely loved this place! It was a steep price of $20.000 pesos but worth it. I learned things I had never before been able to form questions about! My tour had about 15 people including kids and people of retirement age. Our guide, Luis, was funny, informative, and answered questions very well. The whole tour was above my expectations,... More 

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

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

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Berlin, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Maldon, Australia
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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.

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