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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

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Address: Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile (Formerly Salitrera de Humberstone)
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+56 57 276 0626

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A nice look at Salitres history well preseved a a site museum Take sun glasses , sun screen and hat if possible Get ready to walk !! Nice pictures can be obtained i the... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A nice look at Salitres history well preseved a a site museum Take sun glasses , sun screen and hat if possible Get ready to walk !! Nice pictures can be obtained i the afternoon near sunset Bring some Water, remember you are in the desert The adimatnce fee is arround 6-7 Us dollars

Thank roland2409
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A ghost town from the days of Chilean saltpetre (nitrate) mining, now abandoned and deserted but turned into a museum. Truly evocative of those days, with many of the rooms filled with mementoes of the times. Don't miss the bar, the swimming pool and the hotel - you can check out but you can never leave!

Thank ChrisJS51
Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pampas of the Atacama Desert is one of the driest environs on earth. In the 1830s, the natural fertilizer nitrate began to be heavily mined here fueling an economic boom in Iquique that lasted more then a 100 years. The town of Humberstone was established in the sun-scorched landscape in 1862, drawing thousands of workers until the price of... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a tour of Humberstone from our cruise ship. It is an interesting view of a part of Chilean history. It opened in the late 1800's and closed in 1960. It is a modern day ghost town. It has been preserved by a combination of families that lived there and the former nitrate mining company. It is eye opening... More 

Thank CaliforniaLeslie
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203 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Humberstone allows the past to come alive and make history tangible. This part of the world is living of copper mines today, but nitrate was mined a century ago, after wars were fought and borders were moved.

Thank Lata67
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Astounding place near Iquique with lots of history, photo opportunities and ruins. It's an easy bus ride from Iquique so no need to do it by tour or by car. Well worth your time!

Thank Daniel J
Iquique, Chile
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Although not everyone enjoys this sort of trip, it is most certainly a must-visit location. It was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and with good reason. The saltpetre mine has been preserved almost in its entirety, and it allows you to travel in time back to the saltpetre golden age.

Thank malarconleon
South America
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257 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Really nice place, highly recommended. The old mining town was left when the mining stopped. It was left with a lot of the equipment, furniture etc. in place. It is in the middle of the dessert and has been worn down by weather and time and looks like a real ghost town from the movies. It is a really great... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We got a local bus out, very easy from the market or bus station about 40mins away. We thought we'd be a few hours but 6hrs later we were just getting ready to leave. It's well displayed, lots of information, very open, you can touch exhibits and climb in/on things if you wish to. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank AmySouster
Jenaz, Switzerland
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

It's such a great experience to go there, you see the whole city and you can explore all parts. You can see the school, the hotel, the theatre ... It's amazing! We spent about seven hours there and had one of our best days in Chile there! If you have the chance, go there!

Thank Julia B

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