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Av. Pardo 800, Cusco, Peru
In a domed projection room, passionate local astronomers offer deep knowledge and fascinating stories as they guide visitors through the cosmos, explaining how the Inca saw and interpreted the stars. Using the rotating sky to guide their everyday life, the Inca were advanced and creative astronomers, finding Southern Hemisphere constellations like the Southern Cross and Orion's Belt as well as their own personalized groupings such as a baby llama, a puma, a toad, and a condor. After the educational presentation and tour—and depending on the weather conditions—you can peek through powerful telescopes to glimpse stars, planets, nebulae, and constellations.
Travelers have the choice to visit this singular planetarium alone, or as part of an evening tour of Cusco that also includes the San Pedro market, the illuminated historic center, and a restaurant for a traditional Peruvian dinner.
Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour
$78.00 per adult
The Planetarium was amazing. Great experience. Maria was knowledgeable and nice. Valentin was exceptionally professional and cultured.
Carlos_M, Aug 2021
Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco
A magical eperience!
Julia_K, Sep 2019
planetarium southern skies
What a beautiful evening viewing the stars , Saturn and Jupiter. The entire staff was professional ,wonderful! and passionate about astronomy. . Excellent!
Educational and inspirational
Stacy_A, Jul 2019
planetarium southern skies
This was a great experience. It's intimate and personal and reflects a labor of love by the family that runs this planetarium. Professional but also passionate, and very informative.
Maya_G, Jun 2019
Skip the Line: Planetarium Cusco Admission Ticket
Really knowledgable and enthusiastic family sharing knowledge of the stars :) Very interesting historical context of astronomy and history of Peru from pre-Colonial times, and then a great look at the stars in the planetarium. It was partially cloudy the night I went, but we still got to see a bunch of constellations outside with the naked eye and with the telescopes. Dress warmly.
Things to Know Before You Go
The planetarium is suitable for all travelers, including families with young kids.
Tours may include round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, a local guide, and, depending on the tour, dinner and a Pisco sour. Gratuities and other extras aren’t include, and some tours require a minimum of two people.
Independent travelers will need to self-book in advance so that planetarium staff is prepared.
How to Get There
The Planetarium Cusco is located up a hill, about a 15-minute drive from the historic center. It’s easily accessible by taxi—just ask your hotel. Tours include round-trip transfer from your hotel.
When to Get There
Open year-round, the planetarium welcomes visitors Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4pm.
Expert Inca Stargazers
The science of astronomy was deeply important to the Inca, who worshipped the sun and the moon as gods and connected it to agricultural planning and sacred ceremonies. Their stargazers identified constellations, sorting them in two groups: shapes linked in the classic connect-the-dots way to form “inanimate” animals, Gods, and mythological figures; and those formed by the dark spots of the Milky Way, the so-called “animate” animals.
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