Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, Iquique

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Ghost Town Tourist Spot
Once a center for 19th-century Chile's booming salt production industry, today Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone stands as a ghost town. The town rose up around the saltpeter refineries; some it now functions as a museum, but most of the area remains open for you to tour on your own. Walk around and see what time has changed, visiting the homes of the workers that once hailed from Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Most of the machines are authentic pieces that functioned during the refinery's operation. Make Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone a centerpiece of your Iquique vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Iquique vacation route planner.
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  • It is a nice place, we note a concern to improve increasingly more. It is a must for all who go to Iquique, I recommend tour because thus you learn and know better place.
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  • I loved to know this nitrate and to learn a little more about our culture and history of many men that have been important in the development of our country. Most importantly in my assessment is to assess the living conditions we have today.
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  • Very good place to learn more about the history of the North of Chile. It is worth without a doubt. I recommend guided tour not to be missed details.
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