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Mamalluca Observatory

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Address: Gabriela Mistral 260 | Vicuna, Vicuna, 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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3-Day Chilean Experience Including Whale Watching from Valparaiso
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Not to be missed on a new moon

We visited with family in april and my aunt experienced her first shooting stars. You never know what you'll get to see. It's a great experience even if you don't agree with all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Quillota, Chile
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Quillota, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with family in april and my aunt experienced her first shooting stars. You never know what you'll get to see. It's a great experience even if you don't agree with all the science.

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Roxby Downs, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

We went to their office in Vicuna to ask about bookings and availability as we were staying in the area for a few days and we have have our own astronomy equipment so we eager to look at the Chilean sky. The girl was on the phone and she put it down and stared so I asked do you speak... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Great educational experience. Skies are really clear up there, you can see a very well defined milky way. Guide was very good.

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

This was an experience we never been throug, totally amazing with super good guides, u could see thousands of stars and even planets with ur own eyes, we got an amazing pic of the moon throug telescope.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

We rented a car and we were staying in La Serena... I couldn't find any information about how to do the Mamalluca Observatory except for the tour sites - which was about $50 USD per person. I don't think there is an official website or contact location either. In a last ditch effort, I decided to drive down to Vicuna... More 

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Comstock Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

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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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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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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