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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

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Address: Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile (Formerly Salitrera de Humberstone)
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+56 57 276 0626

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Interesting place.

An interesting site. A former mine that shut down in 1960 and now has become a UNESCO world heritage site as basically a ghost town. It's an easy place to travel to. Just get a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert C
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting site. A former mine that shut down in 1960 and now has become a UNESCO world heritage site as basically a ghost town. It's an easy place to travel to. Just get a bus out there from the market. They go every half an hour and it's easy to find especially if you are gringo...they will probably find... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Somewhere around the fishmarket hall we took a public bus of Santa Angela Pullmann to go to Humberstone, 2000clp one way. Just buy 1way to take any bus for return. Already the busride was impressive. Advise busdriver to let u out at Humberstone stop. Entrance is 4000clp, half for students. Its definitly worth to see, impressive raw pictures can be... More 

Thank Raephels
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice look at Salitres history well preseved a a site museum Take sun glasses , sun screen and hat if possible Get ready to walk !! Nice pictures can be obtained i the afternoon near sunset Bring some Water, remember you are in the desert The adimatnce fee is arround 6-7 Us dollars

Thank roland2409
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2017

A ghost town from the days of Chilean saltpetre (nitrate) mining, now abandoned and deserted but turned into a museum. Truly evocative of those days, with many of the rooms filled with mementoes of the times. Don't miss the bar, the swimming pool and the hotel - you can check out but you can never leave!

Thank ChrisJS51
Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2017

The pampas of the Atacama Desert is one of the driest environs on earth. In the 1830s, the natural fertilizer nitrate began to be heavily mined here fueling an economic boom in Iquique that lasted more then a 100 years. The town of Humberstone was established in the sun-scorched landscape in 1862, drawing thousands of workers until the price of... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017

We took a tour of Humberstone from our cruise ship. It is an interesting view of a part of Chilean history. It opened in the late 1800's and closed in 1960. It is a modern day ghost town. It has been preserved by a combination of families that lived there and the former nitrate mining company. It is eye opening... More 

Thank CaliforniaLeslie
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Humberstone allows the past to come alive and make history tangible. This part of the world is living of copper mines today, but nitrate was mined a century ago, after wars were fought and borders were moved.

Thank Lata67
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017

Astounding place near Iquique with lots of history, photo opportunities and ruins. It's an easy bus ride from Iquique so no need to do it by tour or by car. Well worth your time!

Thank Daniel J
Iquique, Chile
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Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

Although not everyone enjoys this sort of trip, it is most certainly a must-visit location. It was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and with good reason. The saltpetre mine has been preserved almost in its entirety, and it allows you to travel in time back to the saltpetre golden age.

Thank malarconleon
South America
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Really nice place, highly recommended. The old mining town was left when the mining stopped. It was left with a lot of the equipment, furniture etc. in place. It is in the middle of the dessert and has been worn down by weather and time and looks like a real ghost town from the movies. It is a really great... More 

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