Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca, Antofagasta

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#2 of 9 in Museums in Antofagasta Region
Imagine the roar of machinery in motion more than a century ago at Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca, an abandoned silver foundry. When it opened in 1892, the building was the most modern refinery in South America, though its technology soon became outdated and the site closed in 1902. The thick stone walls create a bold impression in the surrounding desert landscape, and the well-preserved interior offers a good introduction to the silver refining process. Explanations of the processes and machinery used, presented as informative exhibits, paint a picture of the people who worked in the building. Put Parque Cultural Ruinas de Huanchaca on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Antofagasta road trip planning website .
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  • I have the opportunity to visit the ruins of this old silver refinery and an impressive museum. Even the ruins are not special you can learn many things in the museum visiting the areas specialized in...  more »
  • Historical place that worth a visit, is easily reachable on the city bus. There is a museum inside the enclosure, but if they don't want to enter it can be to see the ruins without any cost but if with a schedule that is posted when they search in Google to the ruins.
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  • We went to know them by the opinion of other travelers. We arrived by chance; no road indications. We entered and we parked opposite the bar, it was closed despite being eleven o'clock in the morning; There was no one, only us. Nothing and no one that we indicate what it was. We stayed there a while, take some pictures and we left. Actually rather forgettable
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  • There's a museum, auditorium and cafe here
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  • To see definitely ... Museum Hapy! The fossils are jnterno, a whole room of astronomical geography, a NASA Lem that served x inspection of Mars. A prototype of the trucks that are used for transporting stones from which copper is extracted. Definitely interesting
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  • A place in which there is a beautiful Museum to visit and also a cafeteria where you can eat something or drinking in case of need it in addition there are beautiful concerts outdoors
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Though not yet seen as an international tourist destination, the northern city of Antofagasta has a welcome number of hotels and other accommodations. Head to the main coastal road to find some of the more popular high-rise hotels, offering rooms with sea views and onsite restaurants. The inland urban areas provide a good set of simple hotels, along with characterful boutiques and backpacker-friendly hostels. If planning on staying in the area for an extended period, consider renting an apartment in one of Antofagasta's main residential neighborhoods.
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