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Humberstone Saltpeter

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Address: Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile (Formerly Salitrera de Humberstone)
Phone Number: 572760626
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Possibly the coolest thing in Iquique

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A very interesting and historical place that has to be visited if you're around iquique. I would strongly recommend not to go with a tour there; it seems that they spend only a little time there and do not visit at all the rear of the city which is the most interesting place (house to build locomotives,...) we spent almost... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I never have been in such place, so i found it´s very interesting and adventurous. It´s a little bit far from Iquique but you can use public transportations for reducing costs. This place is really nice to see how living people in mines. I suggest to visit that place even there is not so much attractions in Iquique.

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