Planetarium & Observatory Colca

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Planetarium & Observatory Colca

Planetarium & Observatory Colca
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Esther d
Oostvoorne, The Netherlands74 contributions
Go there; great experience
Oct 2021 • Family
We had a great time at the Planetarium and Observatory. Such enthusiastic guys that told us all about the stars and the planets. Getting the opportunity to see the stars, the moon and Saturn and Jupiter was a great experience. Thank you!
Written October 19, 2021
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Xavier G
7 contributions
Unmissable experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
The visit to this observatory was an amazing experience! The two guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They could show us twin stars, deep space objects, jupiter and its moons, and more! They also helped us take a picture of Saturn with its beautiful rings! Totally recommended 😊
Written September 3, 2021
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Kent T
Cottonwood Heights, UT6 contributions
An unexpected interesting and fun evening event in Chivay
May 2021
Our tour guide recommended this small planetarium & observatory. It was quaint and intimate but they have several telescopes and with the dark sky in Chivay, we saw some amazing terrestrial sights! The price was very reasonable and Luis and Edgar gave us all the help and attention that we needed. Additionally, they were very nice and pleasant.
Written May 10, 2021
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Eleanor M
London, UK21 contributions
One of the highlights of the trip
Sep 2019 • Friends
We read about this planetarium and wanted to visit after being unable to visit the planetarium in Cusco, and it ended up being a complete highlight of the trip!! The guides were really knowledgeable and took their time to show us the different constellations and planets. We even got to see the rings of Saturn and the different colours of Jupiter. We’re now able to show our friends the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere - would definitely recommend!
Written September 30, 2019
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Bannerdownbath
Bath, UK6 contributions
Surprisingly enjoyable planetarium
Sep 2019 • Couples
We went to the planetarium without any real expectations. The initial part was a basic light show showing the southern hemisphere’s star constellations. The best part was being able to look at the night sky through a number of telescopes. At 3600masl there was a clear sky with very little light pollution.
The people running the event are very knowledgable and friendly. We went on an English session and was great.
Thoroughly recommend this if you happen to be in Chivay and have a free evening (and clear skies) - even if your tour guide tells you it’s closed.
Written September 28, 2019
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LDN49
11 contributions
A must visit
Sep 2019
Luis and Edgar were extremely knowledgeable guides, showing us constellations, systems, blue and red stars, Jupiter and Saturn- all incredibly clear. Amazing! Luis even helped us take a close up photo of the moon with our phone.

Luis was clearly very knowledgable, answering all our questions in excellent English.

The experience was very hospitable- we were offered blankets whilst we used the telescopes and a hot drink after the demonstration.
Written September 13, 2019
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Edwin P Alegre
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
The Coolest Thing to Do in Chivay
Aug 2019 • Solo
Originally, I had no plans to do the Colca Canyon Tour and just wanted to stay in Arequipa. That changed when I found this gem on TA, I immediately booked the 2 Day Colca Canyon Tour just to come to this amazing Planetarium and Observatory. It’s about a 15 minute hike up from the Plaza but it’s well worth it.

Their isolated location provides for an unobstructed view of the stars and they have 3 telescopes of varying strengths to observe our universe with. I was blown away when Luis and Edgar showed me Jupiter! The view was so clear that I could make out all of Jupiter’s lines and even see its 4 moons! They even show you Saturn and record a little video of it on your phone!

The price for admission is 30 Soles which is fairly cheap for what you can see with Luis and Edgar. They know their constellations and space knowledge very well, and it shows in their explanations and enthusiasm to share their passions. If you can, drop by for a visit, check out the stars, learn about the constellations, meet a couple of great people, and DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR CAMERA!
Written August 24, 2019
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MartitaAQP
Vero Beach, FL57 contributions
Must-visit in Colca
Jul 2019 • Family
The planetarium is a great! I had missed it my first trip to Colca and regret that. It’s a must-see and highlight of visiting the canyon. They have three powerful telescopes and seeing the planets in detail is breathtaking. It’s an incredible place to see the stars. Our children loved it and so educational. S/30 person is steep but we felt it worth it. We were there on the night of a new moon and the milky way view, even with the naked eye, was absolutely incredible with the low light pollution in the area.

Please note the negative reviews are talking about a tourist trap at Casa Andina and note actual Chivay planetarium! The real place is open year round. We saw them accommodate 5 groups inside an hour. They’re friendly!
Written July 31, 2019
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achocano
Panama City, Panama7 contributions
Nice activity for an evening in Chivay (Colca)
Jun 2019 • Family
They were able to accommodate, on short notice, our group of five people (a mix of English and Spanish speakers, including a teenager); the owner/manager (Dante) and his team worked wonders with the diverse, and unruly, group.
The program itself is very well structured: a mix of the planetarium, and use of three different telescopes, which included explanations of Inca and Western cosmography. We saw the moon in good detail, Jupiter, various stars/clusters, and the Milky Way.
Thank you for the show.
PD Cost is very reasonable also (~9 USD/person)
Written July 2, 2019
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Colette1206
Greensboro, NC76 contributions
Amazing Experience!
Jun 2019 • Couples
We had the opportunity to visit this observatory and planetarium and it was just incredible. We were picked up from our lodge by the hosts, Edgar and Luis, and then given a brief presentation on the constellations in the planetarium. After that we were able to view the night sky through their 3 telescopes including (but not limited to) planets, a nebula and globular cluster. Luis, the translator, was excellent, very passionate, and made sure we had a truly exceptional experience!
Written June 25, 2019
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