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Planetario Natural Alfa Aldea

Parcela 17, La Vinita, Vicuna 1760000, Chile
+56 51 241 2441
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Great star gazing

We spent yesterday evening gazing at the night sky with Alfa Aldea and had a fabulous time. The... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2018
Charlotte N
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una perla en media de valle de elqui

We had a wonderful time at Alfa Aldea. The tour was great and we learned a lot. We loved that it... read more

Reviewed December 26, 2017
Franziska D
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Located two kilometres from the city of Vicuna and overlooking nine hectares of beautiful and prolific vineyards you can find the 'Alfa Aldea' Natural Planetarium. In this splendid place you can enjoy an unforgettable stellar experience, a different concept of astronomical observation. Our intention is to be always in touch with nature, mirroring the way the first, ancient astronomers watched the skies. The modern astronomical facilities are located in the middle of the vineyards; in order to provide superior service and ensure a wonderful astronomical experience to our visitors a ground-level amphitheatre has been built with a seating capacity of 50 people. The design of the aforementioned building allows the installation of our last-generation telescopes of 10", 12" and 16" inches. All extra accessories (ocular lens suitcases and filters) are included and are available for the tour guide. Personalized tours are available in English and Spanish languages.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Parcela 17, La Vinita, Vicuna 1760000, Chile
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+56 51 241 2441
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Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We spent yesterday evening gazing at the night sky with Alfa Aldea and had a fabulous time. The evening involved a great presentation and a chance to watch the stars with the naked eye and a telescope. We were provided with a glass of wine...More

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Alfa Aldea. The tour was great and we learned a lot. We loved that it was just a small group and so really personal! We actually just wanted to take the tour but Marco and his wife let us...More

Thank Franziska D
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

We weren’t sure which company to go with for star gazing in Vicuña but we decided on due to the cheaper price, and we weren’t disappointed! The whole evening was amazing, it starts with a 3D video and talk in the middle of the vineyard,...More

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Reviewed November 13, 2017 via mobile

Stayed in the lovely bed an breakfast hosted by a very nice and helpful family. Stargazing tour in the open air theatre surrounded by wineyards. Nice to refresh in the small pool!

Thank Cina E
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Alfa Aldea D, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Planetario Natural Alfa Aldea, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Hello Cina! Here in Alfa Aldea we are very happy that you enjoyed the astronomical tour and our home. We hope to see you again in other time. Thank you so much for your comment! Warm Greetings! Alfa Aldea family.

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Reviewed November 8, 2017 via mobile

This was such a nice experience. I had Fernanda as I guide and she was awesome! So fun and engaging to listen to. She is doing her PHD in Astrology and knows everything, but still was able to explain it simple. She was also great...More

Thank DortheTS124
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Alfa Aldea D, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Planetario Natural Alfa Aldea, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Hello Dorthe: Thank you so much for your comment. We really appreciate your words, and the nice and beautiful photos that you took that day! We're hoping that you will visit us again so then, you could show you the new projects that are arriving...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

This family-run observatory provides an excellent overview of basic star science, plus ample viewing of stars and planets, along with wine from the vineyard, a little soup and a snack. Fernanda, s getting her masters in astronomy at the University of La Serena, and does...More

Thank Wabisabi101
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Alfa Aldea D, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Planetario Natural Alfa Aldea, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Hello! Thank you so much for your kind words. Here in Alfa Aldea we have excellent guides to support you in the observation of several interesting astronomical objects, but we are improving every day to give you new services and surprises! So we hope to...More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

I think Marco the owner should share the story of the beginning of this wonderful project .... hopefully you will find out. Anyway it’s 10000/pax (7000 without transport) for the tour, the little surprise and they come and get you and bring you back. Fernanda...More

Thank Olivier C
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Alfa Aldea D, Propietario at Planetario Natural Alfa Aldea, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Thank you so much for your comment, Olivier! That's our goal, try to amaze the people with the stars with a good experience, and when they leave Alfa Aldea, they will have a different perspective about the universe, and our place on it. We are...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

Hugo was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about info he shared w/us. He is fluent in Spanish/English and did the entire thing in both languages. They offer complimentary wine, tomato soup and bread. They also provided transportation to/from hostel. Awesome experience would highly recommend!

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Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

We have stayed in vicuña with the four of us and we could join the tour very last minute. We have received great service from the owner as well as the English (and a bit of Dutch ;-) speaking guide. Thanks for the great experience...More

1  Thank Ellen212
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

I don't mind if they just speak spanish but i asked for a tour in english and they told me not a problem at all. When i arrived there the tour was just in spanish, and the guy talked so fast that i didn't understand...More

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Francisca A
January 31, 2017|
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Response from Alfa Aldea D | Property representative |
Hola Francisca, efectivamente hay que hacer reserva para el tour astronómico, debido a que trabajamos con grupos mas pequeños. Tenemos un anfiteatro con una capacidad máxima de 45 personas, en la cual se trabaja con 3... More
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