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Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

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Address: Pozo Almonte, Chile

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Bygone Days

Santa Laura Saltpeter woks is the defunct nitrate camp that now has a small museum. The more interesting is the Ghost Town of Humberstone that has the abandoned, but well... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Santa Laura Saltpeter woks is the defunct nitrate camp that now has a small museum. The more interesting is the Ghost Town of Humberstone that has the abandoned, but well preserved, buildings. This is where the workers lived. You'll find the school,hotel,church,theater, pool, etc. This town is quite a drive from Iqueque and the road is anything but scenic!

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Hong Kong, China
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306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Nothing beats wandering around a ghost town like Humberstone and getting lost while doing so amongst its quaint, abandoned buildings. The town has some interesting structures you can visit, including a swimming pool, a grand theater, a school, a hotel and many different types of houses. A museum comprising exhibits such as household items, communications devices, lighting a and other... More 

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Lhasa, China
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Various people told us "just to take a minivan from the central market/ mercado centanario". As we searched for a while we find it worthwhile mentioning that the minivan leaves just off the south/west corner. You have to walk 10-20 meters into Calle Barros Arana - so south at corner Barros Arana/ Almirante Latorre. There is a little agency and... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

If you are coming from Iquique this is by the road. If coming up the Ruta 5, make the detour towards Iquique - it's only about a kilometre from the junction. This is a major historical site. There is a fee, but it is very small and excellent value. The information you are given is in Spanish and good English,... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Is a cultural place in Chile where you can understand the history of the salpeter, where the latinoamerican people worked in the north of Chile. In Humberstone you can see the power of the industry and how you can build a small city in the middle of the desert with facilities, and in Santa Laura you can understand the process... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

You can spend the better part of the day at this large museum compound, consisting of the remains of an abandoned saltpeter mining town in northern Chile. Excellent signage in Spanish and English and loads of photo opportunities. There is a cafe but bring your own water, and don't forget sunblock and sunglasses and of course a well charged camera.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Very impressed with this world heritage site. At first it looked like a lot of walking for nothing but it is intriguing and you can't help but get a sense of the hard work and determination of the community working in this desolate and god forsaken place. If you find yourself in this part of the world do not drive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

My wife and I visited Humberstone and Santa Laura in December 2010 with our English-speaking Guide, Rudi. Humberstone is a ghost town where the saltpeter miners lived; it has been designated as a cultural heritage museum and there is a small fee to enter. The place has been abandoned since 1960 but much of the location dates back before 1900.... More 

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