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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  • We got to Humberstone one hour before closing when most other visitors had left. Add to that the wind and the deserted city and extraction facilities became the perfect setting for any post apocalypti...  more »
  • Probably the most well preserved ghost town of the original nitrate processing locations in northern Chile , Territory which triggered wars between Chile Peru and Bolivia for the rich Nitrate Fields i...  more »
  • An interesting site. A former mine that shut down in 1960 and now has become a UNESCO world heritage site as basically a ghost town. It's an easy place to travel to. Just get a bus out there from the ...  more »