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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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Great place!

Really cool village, it's huge and has plenty of signage in Spanish and English. You can get a real understanding of what life would have been like when the community was there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
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Algarrobo, Chile
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14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Seems there is too much to see, but the scenary repeats too much. Would have been much better if the organization gives some respect to those who died (more than 3000 people) fighting for their rights.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Really cool village, it's huge and has plenty of signage in Spanish and English. You can get a real understanding of what life would have been like when the community was there.

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is an absolute must-see. Some of it has been turned into a museum, but lots of it has also been left to time and nature and is truly fascinating. I highly recommend this to anyone.

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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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 181 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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