Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, Iquique

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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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  • An awesome place, with a very precise information about the history of the nitrate industry. There is a picnic area, bars and souvenir shops
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  • Is a tour not to be missed if is that one travels to Iquique! It is the rescue of the heritage, which together with the Holy Office Laura, allow us to understand the industrial and social life in the nitrate. Humberstone, is impressive to abstract the actual and understand life in a town that revolved around the saltpeter. While the abuse and the usury to those workers was gigantic, the "organization" of the village is admirable... A must-see!
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  • Fly past and lives so far removed from our reality. Our 3 daughters small (5 to 2 years), very surprised with the school, the theatre and the swimming pool of the Office Humberstone. Well maintained, there are bathrooms, 2 local beverages and soft drinks and a mini fair of local artisans. Essential to protect themselves from the Sun: hat or CAP, thin t-shirt sleeve long, lots of sunscreen and water, lots of water.
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