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. Use our Calama travel itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Mina de Chuquicamata and other attractions in Calama.
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  • September 29, 2017
    You can enjoy a tour with guides of the city with knowledge of the place, old facilities, the theatre, the stadium, visit picturesque streets.
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  • September 20, 2017
    A bit out of thew way if you don't have business with the mine but it is something to be seen. It is by excavated volume the largest open pit copper mine in the world and it has been producing since l...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    Whereas Chuquicamata is a mining task that remains in operation, it is not possible to go in a particular way. For this should book the tours at the Tour Office in Calama, located in Av. grenadiers 4025, Calama, Antofagasta Region or phone at (55) 232-2122. To the visit becomes a safety induction and visit the pit along with the old town of the former camp.
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