Astronomical Observatory

Cañón Del Colca

No light pollution equals excellent Milky Way vistas. The Casa Andina hotel six blocks southwest of the Plaza de Armas has a tiny observatory which holds nightly sky shows in Spanish and English. The price includes a 30-minute explanation and chance to peer into the telescope. It is open daily but often closes between January and March, when it is hard to catch a night with clear skies.

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