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Salitrera Santa Laura

Cverca Humberston, Iquique, Chile
57-276-0626
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Muy interesante viaje al pasado

We had a very good guide who took us back to the past when the mine was full with workers... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
pammy2015
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Germany
Salitres history well preserved

A nice site to visit in the Atacama Desert. Bring water sun glasses and shade. A 2 hour visit is... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
roland2409
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Iquique
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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Cverca Humberston, Iquique, Chile
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

We had a very good guide who took us back to the past when the mine was full with workers, families. It is impressive to see how organised it was. It had its advantages and disadvantages. It's worth going there, you can buy some souvenirs,...More

Thank pammy2015
Reviewed 26 April 2017

A nice site to visit in the Atacama Desert. Bring water sun glasses and shade. A 2 hour visit is enough the proceed to near Humberstone where you will nedd more time. Nice pictures at sunset.

Thank roland2409
Reviewed 20 January 2017

As a chemist, I found the tour of the now decaying Santa Laura Saltpeter factory absolutely amazing. There are detailed descriptions accompanying each step of the process, from the leaching and recrystalization of the Saltpeter to the side business of iodine extraction. The scale of...More

Thank Malcolm B
Reviewed 25 April 2016

After walking throughout all the industrial site, Santa Laura definitely presents itself as a silent witness of the complex industrial processes and the hard working conditions workers had to endure those days. Make sure to bring confortable clothing, water, hats, sun glasses and sunscreen. If...More

Thank Indovinello
Reviewed 17 March 2016

This, together with Humberstone, is unmissable. Santa Laura shows how the nitrates were processed and Humberstone is a graphic display of how the workers lived, were educated, entertained and spiritually enriched. Somehow in this desolate place they seemed to have managed a community spirit. The...More

Thank jamescollenette
Reviewed 28 December 2015

Around an hour from Iquique and standing the intense sun and warm evening winds, Santa Laura offers an incredible view of the Salt Pepper works that were done all over the north of Chile. After walking throughout all the industrial site, Santa Laura definitely presents...More

Thank turron2001
Reviewed 2 December 2015

If you visit Humberstone, this place is roughly a 30' walk away. It's smaller but the little museum with relicts and old fotos makes up for that. The huge industrial structure makes for good pictures. But you won't stay as long as in Humberstone. The...More

Thank Dryanta
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Exploring Santa Laura is great fun. I got a big kick out of it when I did it alone. First in daylight and then at night. The day part was easy. I took one of the regular inter-city buses from the Iquique market and got...More

1  Thank Al K
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Do you know how nitrate was processed in the 19th century? Here you can look at the whole process, in a very well preserved, pine wood, huge structure! It does not have the dwellings of Humberstone. Between Santa Laura and Humberstone you learn everything about...More

1  Thank luis Abdon C
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