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Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

In the middle of the desert 2 interesting places to visit: Humberstone and Oficina de Salitre Santa Laura. While Humberstone is showing how the workers lived, Santa Laura is more like an abandones industrial site. Both were very interesting to visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I spent over 3 hours doing a self tour of Humberstone. It has a fascinating history and really is a true ghost town. It helped us learn a lot more about the local history of the mining of nitrate in the late...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

Somewhat surprised by how well done this is. The displays are fabulous and very evocative of an era.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

After arriving at Humberstone by ourselves, we did a tour with a guy from a historical/cultural foundation. It was a great glimpse at what’s there. Since we were there with small kids, we couldn’t realistically see everything, but this was a great way to start...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

A few kilometers from Iquique, in the middle of the desert, a wooden fence separates the abandoned Salitrera Office "Santiago Humberstone" from the highway. When a dirt road arrives, old lampposts, immobile wagons and houses that inside exhibit old toys, telegrams and utensils, among other...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Took my family on a private guided tour of Humberstone and Santa Laura. Both places are incredibly interesting and also well maintained. A guide is highly recommended to make the most of the visit. I went with Atacama Desert Trails.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

For any person visiting iquiquie, onroute to Pica, be aware to visit this wild gem! Crazy history of how the economy of Chile got boosted by these explores! A must do.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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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