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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  • the visit was very rich as to preserve the historical memory of Chile. If you arrive around 11, there is a guy, who is a historian who accompanies you on your visit and you explained in a very didactic way, which is lived in humbestone and saltpeter works in general
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  • It is somewhere in the middle of the desert, I very arid area but where you can see part of the history of northern Chile. Under ideal IMHO is to go on tour to contextualize the visit
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  • Place to connect with the history of the pampa and saltpeter, is a pity that it has not been rescued before the hands of looters. It is a must, the cost of entry is worth every peso.
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