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The Mamalluca Observatory ("mother who shelters" according to Quechua) is located 9 kms northwest of Vicuña, at 1,100 m.s.n.m. Is a must see in the region of Coquimbo, is the first tourist observatory in Chile, has a 12-inch telescope donated by...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Gabriela Mistral 260, Vicuna 1760000, Chile
+56 51 267 0330
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Spend the money and take one of the more expensive yours at the private observatories. This one is very crowded, the night we went probably 80 people, and the English speaking group was around 20 people. In 2 hours the guide showed 5 objects in...More

Thank Millet02
Reviewed 25 September 2018

I went to observatory Mamalluca. the travel was realizated by Ecoturismo La Serena. They bought the tickets and they went to the hotel to picked up all the tourist. When you get there... is amazing, The place has tour guides who teach you about the...More

Thank Esteban A
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

The observatory is well organized. They pick you up at the Municipalidad and then a 20 minutes ride in a bus. The first activity is a 30 minutes explanation of what you well see and ser up groups of 15 or 20 people. The Tour...More

Thank EdoSal
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We bought the tickets ourselves from the council building off the small square in Vicuna and drove ourselves as we had a camper. They will provide a bus for a little e tea if you need. They do tours in both Spanish and English. Once...More

Thank gonzalo d
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Went from Vicuña with the transportation from the municipality (7,000 clp for the ticket + 3,000 clp for the transportation). The tour started with an explanation about the stars at a conference room and then outside, seeing in the sky what we talked about in...More

Thank Ofek O
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Our visit to Valle del Elquí was unfortunately timed to the full moon. Mamalluca was one of the only observatories open. We went to reserve our tickets at the municipal building in Vicuña on the same day of the tour. We were told there was...More

2  Thank viajera1968
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our late night stargazing experience here. The sky was wonderfully clear and had less light polluted than lower in the valley. The tour involved a presentation and a chance to look through a large electronic telescope and a Newtonian telescope to see some...More

Thank Charlotte N
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Wow.....end of review. We were lucky to arrive here on the night of the super moon. Not terrific for stars but for the moon stunning. We booked through the local tour guides in Vicuña which included transport. Being just 10 mins outside of Vicuña and...More

1  Thank Chris B
Reviewed 29 November 2017

We had a very entertaining and educational evening at this observatory. While it may be relatively small, relatively commercial, for us, it was an eye-opening experience to see the Saturn and Mercury planets through the telescope and to watch a video of the Earth, Milky...More

3  Thank TomTerrific51
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Very nice guided tour in english. Impressive star skies. They show you the planet moon and stars via a big telescope. Great experience

1  Thank Myrthe v
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