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Mina de Chuquicamata, Calama

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Visit one of the largest copper mines in the world at Mina de Chuquicamata. Take a tour of the abandoned town that sits next to the mine for a better understanding of the local mining industry. You can questions about the refining process and hear interesting facts about the life of an ordinary miner. After touring the town, you can find out how this large open-pit mine operates on a daily basis and discover what the future holds for its workers. Look out for the giant trucks hauling hundreds of tons of copper out of the mine. Add Mina de Chuquicamata and other attractions to your Calama trip itinerary using our Calama tour planner.
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  • This is a very beautiful tourist place that although this abandoned and not have people living here one can appreciate how the people lived, as it was the place and imagine when there were people is a place that if you go to calama has to go to visit him
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  • I called the booking office number and I was told that tours should resume in August 2017 (I don't know if it is supposed to be at the beginning or the end of August).  more »
  • Had booked a tour months ago, and confirmed it recently. But tours were discontinued. Wish they had told me, as this was a main reason to visit Calama. Pit operations are finished. Its underground wor...  more »

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Choose from relaxed, simple hotels in the town center, often located right next to the odd luxury option complete with a private pool, onsite restaurant, and bar. Backpacker-friendly hostels provide comfortable lodgings to throw down your bag, refill your water bottle, and head out to explore the city. The edge of town offers a scattering of hotels, allowing you to get the sense of the expansive desert that surrounds Calama.
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