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. Use our Iquique attractions planner to add Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and other attractions to your Iquique vacation plans.
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  • October 5, 2017
    The Humberstone Office is better than Sta Laura. It is suggested to take it with someone who knows how history and which can go explaining the various sites and articles. Our guide told us that many items have been stolen (mainly iron and wood), a tremendous shame.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Great place's incalculable attractive historical of Chile, very well organized and maintained. The guided tour through a specialist keeps one more attractive.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Oficina Salitrera Humbertsone was founded since 1872 (when this part of Chile was still part of Peru) and subsequently with the Pacific war came under British and Chilean capital afterwards. The luck of this Slitrera (and other hundreds that sprang up in this area) was the discovery of deposits of nitrate that were used worldwide as an agricultural fertilizer. Starting from the years ' 30 with the discovery of an artificial product cheaper than these cities-mining began to decline, until its closure in 1961. The visit of Humberstone is exciting. It is possible to walk to a town where you enter people's homes, in the Church, in the hotel, at school, in theatre and in nitrate production facility where they lived until sixty years ago about 3000 people. All buildings are perfectly preserved (or almost) and seems to walk into a ghost town where time stood still.
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