Planetarium Cusco Tours

The Planetarium Cusco is one of the most unique planetariums in the world. Housed in a humble Andean adobe home, the family-run planetarium sits on a Cusco hillside amid the archeological site Saqsayhuaman and the Llaullipata ecological reserve. From this wonderful locale, you can explore the mysteries of the universe as told through the eyes of the Inca.

The Basics
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. 

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.  
Location
Address: Av. Pardo 800, Cusco, Peru
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Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

If you’ve already ticked off the sights by day, see a different side to Cusco on a nightlife tour that includes dinner and a drink. In an intimate group limited to eight people, you’ll go stargazing at Planetarium Cusco; admire illuminated landmarks in Cusco Historic Center; and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner accompanied by a Pisco Sour cocktail. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Planetarium Cusco Admission Ticket

Planetarium Cusco is a perfect attraction for families or groups interested in astronomy, and by prebooking this Planetarium Cusco admission ticket, you can guarantee your visit and round-trip transport from Plaza Regocijo. Learn all about the universe and Inca astronomy at the planetarium from your guide, and then get dropped back at the city center for more exploring.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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cusco at night

This is one of our favourite tours. Picking you up in the early evening from your hotel, our first stop is Cristo Blanco. This 8 metre high, illuminated statue of Christ towers high above the centre of the city, offering incredible views and photo opportunities.The night sky over the Andes is one of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring sights. The display of stars and constellations will simply take your breath away. Cusco’s planetarium, in the hills just out of the main city centre, is in the perfect location to enjoy this stellar display.Peru is famous for its gastronomy, and our tour concludes with a visit to Cusco’s most famous restaurant, Chicha! Overseen by Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, here you can taste the exquisite local cuisine (perhaps enjoying some wonderful fresh Ceviche) and the classic Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour. This is the perfect way to round off the evening.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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