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Address: Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile (Formerly Salitrera de Humberstone)
Phone Number: 572760626
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Great possibility to walk around the ruins of a 19 century nitrate camp.

I recommend visiting this site; 45 minutes by car from Iquique. At the entrace they provide brochure in many languages though I definitely recommend contrating a tour guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
JoGarcia
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Iquique, Chile
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Iquique, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I recommend visiting this site; 45 minutes by car from Iquique. At the entrace they provide brochure in many languages though I definitely recommend contrating a tour guide service in Iquique. Toillets and souvenirs available. This place offers an idea of life in a 19-century nitrate company camp. You can see the houses, offices, church, thater, hotel, school, etc.

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Los Angeles, CA USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Super amazing and huge ghost town! See hundreds of abandoned living quarters, stores, and giant factories. Many artifacts left in place, including tools, utensils, furniture, etc. It is like stepping back in time. Very creepy (in a good way). If you've ever seen the movie, "Hills Have Eyes," this town is like the abandoned town in the movie. The coolest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The place is great. I went there by myself which made it definitely more exciting. You can just walk around and constantly discover new stuff. An old swimming pool, an old basketball court and huge industrial machines where my favourites. Don´t do the 50us $ tour, its a rip off. Go to the place where they sell public bus tickets... More 

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buenos aires
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

very interesting to be able to understand how british colonialism works, how workers lived, how nature was changed.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

Due to the Paris Dakar rally in Iquique, we decided to hire a car and explore the desert for a few days. Without doubt the best thing we did, this was the first place we saw to stop and as we'd driven we had the whole place to ourselves. We found all the displays really interesting and really enjoyed walking... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
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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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Located in the middle of Nowhere, this Ghost Town has been preserved to show how life was before the collapse of the nitrate industry in the 1960's in the Humberstone area. The buildings are clearly marked and are in good shape, from the hotel,to the church, to the swimming pool, etc. The drive to get there is long and the... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

A good balance of preservation and interpretation while keeping the sense of abandonment and decay. The pampino lifestyle comes through clearly. Then visit the Palacio Astoreca in town - the contrast is shocking.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you're at all curious about modern ruins, abandoned buildings or just kind of like the idea of being in a semi-post-apocalyptic town for a few hours, then you will certainly enjoy Humberstone. Built to mine nitrate for fertilizer, this town was extremely advanced for its time with amenities like a theater, basketball court and bowling alley before a cheaper... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great place to visit if you like to wander through old homes and business buildings. The dry desert conditions have resulted in the natural preservation of the town. Buildings are clearly signposted and are furnished appropriately.

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Address: Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile (Formerly Salitrera de Humberstone)
Phone Number: 572760626
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Tarapaca Region  >  Iquique

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