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“Fun to look through the telescope”
Review of Planetarium Cusco

Planetarium Cusco
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Cusco by Night Including Pisco Sour and The Planetarium
Ranked #17 of 170 things to do in Cusco
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Owner description: We are an Cultural interpretation center about how the Andean people understand the skies. The explanation in two rooms give us a great perspective, in dome we learn about southern sky and finally, if weather allows, we enjoy some stargazing!
Denver, CO
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Fun to look through the telescope”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

The family that runs the planetarium is incredibly friendly and helpful. They go to great lengths to make you comfortable in the cold (blankets and tea included), and are very enthusiastic. The indoor presentation didn't have too much information, but really I think that's because most of the information about the Inca is unknown. Much of what they share is stuff you will hear elsewhere while traveling through this area. The best part was looking through the telescopes at the star clusters and Saturn (which was cool, but as you would expect, brief.) If you don't have much time in Cusco I would probably skip it.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank tcldenver
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Sydney, Australia
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Great night, learnt alot, staff are excellent, gandolf the big friendly dog is beautiful. Best part is the viewing of Saturn through the microscope.
Recommend to anyone even slightly interested in the skies or the incas

1 Thank DaveandLarny
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Puerto Varas, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“great thing to do in cuzco”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

interesting, super informative, great to visit with kids, they have a ver organized visit and they pick you up at the plaza in cusco, reasonable price also

Visited July 2012
2 Thank carolamorgado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,440 helpful votes
“An introduction into Inca astronomy: just plain amazing.”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

After reading the gushing praise about this facility on Trip Advisor, we booked a night with them while in Cusco. A van picks up the group (ours was about a dozen or so) on Plaza Regocijo, located just a block or so from the main square. It is a ten minute drive to the planetarium proper.

The evening presentation is divided into three main sections over two hours. First, a twenty minute introductory lecture is given reviewing the role of astronomy in Inca culture and its role in helping make decisions regarding religious offerings and crop cycles. Various storyboards are used during this time in addition to a 3-D model of the solar system. Next, the group is taken into the planetarium (indoor “artificial sky”) where a professor of astronomy displays various constellations from both the northern and southern hemispheres and continues basic concepts begun during the first lecture. Lastly, weather permitting (we had crystal-clear skies), the entire group goes outside to see various planets, stars, and constellations on professional telescopes. These machines aren’t the usual rickety contraptions on tripods but the real deal; I saw the rings around Saturn and Mars for the first time in my life! Attention to customer service is superb throughout the entire process: blankets, tea, and goodwill are in abundance throughout your stay until your return to Cusco about two hours after arriving.

Later in our trip, we could put a lot of the information to good use when hiking the Inca Trail the following week when the Milky Way and Southern Cross suddenly became identifiable (and therefore meaningful) instead of functioning as passive sky ornaments. Other topics such as the role of the summer and winter solstice kept popping up while we were at Machu Picchu. As perhaps the biggest compliment to the family who organizes this, I just recently purchased my own (very amateur) telescope and will be watching the moon through its phases next month.

An overall excellent experience: inexpensive, well organized, useful, and entertaining.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank midway42
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bridgewater, va.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great introduction to Inka and pre-Inka culture”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

My wife and I visited here soon after arriving in Cusco--while getting over jet lag and adjusting to the altitude.....a wise choice, since it wasn't physically taxing.

The young lady who made the initial presentation was enthusiastic about talking about Inka contributions to the world. And the gentleman was so thrilled to show us the southern sky and how it figured importantly in Peruvian cultural thought through his very powerful telescope.

Another group was supposed to join the two of us, but they didn't show. No problem. We were given a "private tour" with no extra charge.

This was a wonderful experience and a terrific introduction to what we were later to see in the Cusco area.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank hornbow
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