Mamalluca Observatory
Mamalluca Observatory
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Observatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
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 AURA that has CCD detectors for electronic photography, as well as a computer for data transfer This observatory offers one of the most important attractions of the area, the cleanest skies in the world, perfect for watching the night sky and be amazed. Within the Mamalluca Observatory, there is a tour with a duration of approximately 2 hours, where guides specialized in the matter explain in details about the universe and answer the concerns giving a sample of quality and truthfulness to the visitors. There it is possible to observe the stars, the Moon, the planets like Saturn and its rings or Jupiter and its 16 moons, and the different constellations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pam
UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a great evening star gazing at Mamaluca. We did the English tour - Ruben was our guide - he was fabulous. Totally knowledgeable, full of enthusiasm and great English - he made our evening!
We looked through 2 telescopes - asmaller telescope outside where we observed the moon and several stars/clusters. Then inside on the main telescope we observed Jupiter, Saturn and Andromeda. Having a small group and a great night helped us observe a lot - but it would be a great tour if you are interested in the stars.

Booking is at the office in Vicuña square and you can take their transfer up as well if you need it - otherwise you drive up in convoy with the staff. 12,000 pesos for the tour, 5,000 for the transport. Our tour left Vicuña at 8.30 pm.
Written 15 November 2023
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Lucas B
Santiago, Chile15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Pudimos subir y conocer el centro, junto con ver una excelente presentación en el Planetario.

We were able to go up and see the center, along with seeing a great presentation at the Planetarium.
Written 21 July 2023
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Fernanda V
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Reading previous reviews I thought this would be great to do with some friends. However, no reviews were recent. We booked online and our confirmation came through. We tried calling the establishment for more information several times but they never picked up. On the day, we took a taxi up to the Observatory and as we arrive at the entrance we are told that we have to have physical tickets and our reservation means nothing. We are told that this keeps happening and to turn around and go all the way back to Vicuña. We were quite upset as this would mean we would miss the tour we had booked but he reassured us and said we could go on the next one and that there’s a free transfer for us at the bottom. There was no logic to why we needed physical tickets even though our booking had generated a QR code. We finally get to the office where tickets are 12.000 pesos (not 7.000 as previous reviews state) and the transfer isn’t free it’s an extra 5.000 per person for a trip we had just done. The woman was rude but we explained our situation to the transfer guy and he was understanding but said his service was separate from them altogether that he essentially is a taxi driver. We go back to the office to speak to boss. Us four girls start to explain everything that had happened and tried to reason with him, because if we had known it was an extra 20.000 to get physical tickets 3 of us would have stayed at the observatory waiting. He was possibly the rudest and most disrespectful man I have met in my LIFE. He clearly did not care about customer service and his one and only sim was to scam us and take advantage of tourists. As he continued to call us liars and blaming us for their misinformation and communication problems, we had decided that the situation had gotten so aggressive that we no longer wanted to support this business. Our friend had gone one hour beforehand and texted us saying that is was NOT WORTH IT. Turns out you aren’t even allowed into the observatory anyway? It’s just a name and there’s someone who talks you through the different type of stars. We were so glad we decided not to go and felt sorry for our friend who wasted a total of 65USD on their scam. I highly recommend nobody goes to this place as apart from NOT BEING AN OBSERVATORY they will SCAM you for as much money as they possibly can with TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. There are other observatories in the area that would be a better option.
Written 31 March 2022
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Fabian030
Berlin, Germany105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Well. First: you have to book a tour in the office in town (Vicuña), not only, or at the observatory itself. Then there are two tour options: 20:30 or 23.
We took the 20:30 on a Sunday. Again we got a “private” English tour as we were the only English only speaking people there. The Spanish tour group were around 30 people. The 23 tour was a loooot more packed with people, both speaking English and Spanish.
The tour itself was great. A guide too, you around to the telescopes, explained how they work, showed some stars, nebulas, and stuff, and explained how to pin poi;t or find a specific star. It was a very informative and interesting tour - and so far the only one we too, were we were able to look through the telescopes by ourselves. :)
Organization was a bit strange (waiting in a queue at the office, you get your tickets, but drive up to the observatory yourself...), but it was worth the effort. :) and pretty cheap with only 7000p p.p.
Written 24 January 2020
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Courty1886
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is amazing. I did the English version of the tour and the guide was brilliant, so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I really recommend this. The starscape is awesome. They also make a good coffee.
Written 7 January 2020
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Carol Davies
Coquimbo, Chile55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Excellent tour done by Emilio. We were 5 Brits (me & my friend) plus three others on the English version. We all really enjoyed everything Emilio told us. He is very very knowledgeable. It was a great sky. We took the 20:30 tour. The road up is paved now (much better) & we “caravaned up” following the Mamalluca minivan. We were back in Serena by midnight !!!
Written 20 December 2019
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Ngoc
Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We saw the Milky Way with our naked eyes. The sky is so clear here. We also saw Jupiter & its moons, plus Saturn rings and several nebuli in the telescopes. So beautiful! The guide spoke excellent English and gave great explanations of constellations. Make sure to wear warm clothing because it gets cold in the mountain at night.
Written 24 September 2019
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GirlUntethered
San Jose, CA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This tour is a great way to see the moon, planets, and stars through a telescope. Although it was a full moon when I went, and there were not many stars due to the brightness of the moon, it was still worth it for the other views from the telescope.

The English tour guide wasn't the most enthusiastic guide I've had, but the most interesting parts are really what you see through the telescope anyway.

I've written a more detailed review of my experience with this tour on my blog, Girl Untethered, which can be accessed via my TripAdvisor profile if you are interested in more information.

Overall, I thought this tour was worth it, despite the full moon!
Written 21 September 2019
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rosannabertolini
Temecula, CA211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The place is accurate. Good service, good installation, the guide who shares his knowledge about stars, sky, he was really prepared and passionate about his work. The sky was very clean and no moon so we could appreciate a wonderful sky plenty of stars.
Written 31 August 2019
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JayStone
Bromley, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We really enjoyed the tour. Got to see Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s moons and many constellations. The guide was very knowledgable and spoke very good English. We also listened to a few presentations which were mind-blowing. It cost CLP 20,000 for two of us including transfer to and from Vicuna. If you then need travel onwards by bus be aware that the tour gets you back between 21:00-21:30 and many of the last buses are at 21:30. We very nearly missed our last bus but asked the transfer to stop near the bus station for us and we just made the bus as it was exiting the station. You have to go to the ticket office that’s near the Torre Bauer in the afternoon to sign up for the tour later that evening. You then return to the office at 18:00 to confirm and pay, weather dependent. At around 18:30 you get the transfer and the tour starts just after 19:00 and finishes around 21:00.
Written 10 July 2019
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