Mamalluca Observatory, Vicuna

3.7
Take a cosmic journey with one of the specialized guides at Mamalluca Observatory, where you'll learn about nebulas, star clusters, supernovas, and galaxies before heading on to the observation station. The observatory opened in November 1998 at 1,200 m (3,937 ft) above sea level. Observe the Milky Way, Saturn's rings, and Jupiter's 16 moons through a 30 cm (12 in) telescope in the main dome. Use the smaller telescopes on the terrace to learn to recognize bright stars and different constellations. You'll be amazed with the different shapes and colors when the distant planets appear before your eyes. A bonus if your visit falls on the new moon: the darker the night, the more visible the stars. Services include a diner and a souvenir shop. Put Mamalluca Observatory into our Vicuna journey site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vicuna.
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  • We hired the astronomical tour with my wife, very bad tour massive in excess and all very fast the guides gave the explanations without stalling a second, when using the telescope were 25 people approx for a telescope the place is located very short of the city pass vehicles all the time bothering with the lights good I do not recommend this tour there are other companies that if they do a guided tour as small groups with better attention to the tourist
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  • Good tour, and good talk, is a very busy observatory in the summer season, so it is advisable to take the tour with some agency, since sometimes there are problems with people who book in a particular way and are generated overcharges. The tours to the observatory are in the afternoon-night, they pick you up in the van and take you to the vicuña where the observatory is, approx 2 1/2 trip, depending on the traffic. When you get there you get a talk in an auditorium and then they are divided into groups with the different guides for a small class of outdoor astronomy with some small telescopes, after that class you get into the main cupula and there you can observe different types of stars, looks amazing in the main observatory. I recommend checking the time to schedule the tour someday that the sky is confirmed clear.
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  • Horrible system. This place requires you to reserve tickets in advance, yet you have to go half an hour before your observatory tour starts to pick up your tickets, so far so good? Nope, when you arrive there will be a queue of people and most of them won't have a reservation and the people who work there will take them anyways (in fear of being treated as mean for not taking customers with no reservation) which causes the people with a reservation to wait for around 40 minutes, when they could just sell you the tickets when you make the reservation...or have two queues...or sell them online...unlimited options! We even had an older woman cutting the line twice, taking a very long time and when we had enough and told her to have some respect for other people's time she said "learn to live life...you are young" I guess if you know how to live, skip lines, and have no respect for others maybe go there and you will have a great experience for me it was not. Also the observatory was cheap but you get what you paid for, very crowded and tired tour guides, we where lucky to join an English tour with a great guide but most experiences are not like that.
  • as a novice to our night skies the tour at mamalluca was excellent. the skies were very clear and we were lucky that the planets and moon were in good locations for our visit so we had a lot to see. our guide was excellent and the photos by our mobile phone using the manual telescope were outstanding.
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