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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

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Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Reviewed 25 June 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

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Reviewed 5 June 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

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Reviewed 5 May 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

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Reviewed 20 March 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.

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Reviewed 3 March 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 16 January 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 3 January 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.

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9 November 2015|
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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