Friday, December 16, 2016

Past POIs - Cusco Planetarium [Cusco, Peru]

During our stay in Cusco, we read up on things to do there and Cusco Planetarium was recommended by the friends that we met during our Amazon trip. It is a bit weird, however, it was actually in the travel guide that we had as well, so I guess it can't be bad, right?

Well, let's start with the weird part, in order to visit, you need to email them to schedule a time and then you are supposed to meet someone in a local square there and they pick you up and drive you away to the planetarium. Sounds sketchy right? Well, we thought the same, luckily, we weren't the only ones going and there were a few other people joining us which made me feel a little bit less worried.

The cost in 2014 was 50 soles and it last for roughly 2 hours long. During the 2 hours, we learned about how the Incans built things based on the sky and the different constellations and I learned that there are actually a different set of constellations if you are in the northern hemisphere vs the southern hemisphere. You also get to have a look through their telescope which was strong enough to show us Saturn!

Worth a visit if you have the time and odds are, you probably will since it is only open during the evenings.

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!