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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

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Fascinating

Staying in Iquique for a few days and having an interest in abandoned bulindings/settlements... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sjrob84
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Ghosts from the past

It doesn't take much imagination to visualize the workers that did the hard labour in these... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Ian H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Iquique for a few days and having an interest in abandoned bulindings/settlements Humberstone piqued our interest. The site was fascinating and atmospheric. Its a large site on which you are free to roam and explore. Note that this place only takes cash so...More

Thank Sjrob84
Reviewed June 5, 2018

It doesn't take much imagination to visualize the workers that did the hard labour in these saltpeter works. Walking through their houses is an eerie feeling and you almost feel as if you are not alone in those spookily quiet dwellings. The views of the...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed May 4, 2018

I am probably biased after driving for 7.5 hours and spending $600 to see the two salitreras, but I was hoping to be able to walk around and take unique photos of dilapidated rooms. The problem is, this place is UNESCO-listed and it's safe. You...More

1  Thank Sebmack
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

well preserved, well interpreted UNESCO World Heritage site. Worth a visit if you are traveling in the north of Chile. Shows the life of this company town and we learned a lot about how mining served the economy of Chile.

1  Thank MtAiryAve
Reviewed March 3, 2018

This is more of a huge museum. Some of the area have been restored, and some is left natural. You can access most all of the areas. Renting a car in Iquique and driving yourself is best, since we were there during three waves of...More

Thank Nicholas K
Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. It is impressive to see a full town (hospital, school, theatre, market, hotel...) were 3,500 people lived is now completly empty and to know that they all left from one day to another. It's very big and it's easy to...More

Thank Matias H
Reviewed January 3, 2018

This World Heritage Site of one of the largest Chliean nitrate processors. It will a very good idea of how the workers and their bosses lived and worked there, especially considering the desert location with the heat during the day.

Thank Norbert T
Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Interesting place if you have the time (40 minute journey by collectivo from the central market, and to get back to Iquique you have to flag down a bus from the main highway). It's 4000 pesos to visit and we took about 2 hours at...More

1  Thank mcladley
Reviewed October 25, 2017

This was worth the trek from Iquique. Well preserved old, abandoned mining town in the middle of the desert. Good exhibits with decent explanations in English. Friendly staff. Bring lunch and A LOT of water and sunscreen.

Thank DanRandom
Reviewed September 7, 2017

get here as early or as late as possible, think about santa laurita as well, bring someone who speaks spanish, visit the scholl building and read some book about this topic while you're in chile

Thank Alex W
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mweil1234
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Response from Rui618 | Reviewed this property |
I went to visit Humberstone not long ago. We couldn't find a tour only to Humberstone Saltpeter. So we didn't take a tour, just rented a car like the person on an earlier answer also suggested. For a tour, usually they start... More
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