Visit Mamalluca Observatory

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Visit Mamalluca Observatory

We will begin our trip to the interior of the Elqui Valley at dusk, we will make a brief detention in the city of Vicuña to formalize the entrance to the Mamalluca Amateur Observatory, in the respective municipal offices.
Continuing 6 kilometers to the northeast of the city and crossing the town of San Isidro, we will arrive at the Mamalluca Amateur Observatory.
* Guided tours at the observatory are from 8:30 p.m. in summer and from 6:30 p.m. in winter.

This Amateur Observatory is open to all public, but is subject to prior reservation. This special place allows direct observations of the Universe, the facilities have a dome with an electronic telescope 12 inches in diameter, which allow you to enjoy a pleasant nighttime star contemplation.
We will listen to a talk and projection of images about the universe and in particular about the Stars of the Southern Hemisphere, creating an atmosphere that fosters the friendly relationship of people interested and fans of astronomy with the universe of Galileo, later a night observation of stars, stars, planets and galaxies, with the respective explanations.

The Southern Hemisphere is particularly interesting for astronomy, it is not accidental that four of the best and advanced observatories of our planet, Tololo, Pachón, La Silla and Las Campanas are located in the Cordillera region of the Coquimbo Region. These observatories, not open to the public for night visits, have adequate instruments for professional observation of astronomers.
All visits are made by reservation.
Limited places per visit.
Subject to weather conditions.
The facilities are at 1200 meters of altitude and away from the artificial light of the city, a diaphanous atmosphere, in optimal climatic conditions, with clean and stable skies most of the year, strictly complying with the conditions for the correct observation of the stars.

After enjoying two hours of observation of the Universe, we will begin the return to La Serena.

PRIVATE SERVICE: consider only private vehicle from your accommodation, since the visits in the observatory are in group.

Available options:
Service with more people in small groups.
Departure time in Winter 18:00, return 00:00
Departure time in Summer 20:30, Return 02:00 am.

Consider only private vehicle from your accommodation, since the visits in the observatory are in group. We start looking for passengers between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. We return as at 11:30 p.m.
Consider only private vehicle from your accommodation, since the visits in the observatory are in group. We begin to look for passengers between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. We return as at 02:30 am

Departure days: Every day, Previous reservation
Start Time: 17:30
End Time: 23:30
Duration: Half Day
Start location: The price includes starting all hotels in La Serena and Coquimbo
Cancellations and refunds: You have up to 2 business days to cancel your reservation


  • Pick up and transfer back to hotel
  • Mamalluca fees

Not Included

  • Food and Drink
  • Optional Gratuities for driver and guide


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