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Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca

Observatorio Mamalluca

Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca Review

The most welcoming (for tourists, that is) of the Elqui Valley observatories and the one that thus attracts the most visitors, Mamalluca is 9 km (5½ mi) north of Vicuña. On the Basic Astronomy tour, visitors are given an introductory talk before stargazing on the terrace and then taking turns looking through a 12-inch digital telescope. Also offered is an Andean Cosmology tour, which focuses more on the Andean interpretation of the constellations. Tours start at the tour office in Vicuña; transport to the observatory is provided.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Tour office, Gabriela Mistral 260, Vicuña, 1760000 | Map It
  • Phone: 51/411–352
  • Cost: Each tour 3,500 pesos
  • Hours: Basic Astronomy tour daily at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm; Andean Cosmology tour daily at 9:30 pm, 11:30 pm, and 1:30 am.
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  • Location: Vicuña

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