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Salitrera Santa Laura, Iquique

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Step back in time at Salitrera Santa Laura one of only two remaining saltpetre production complexes, and a remnant of a once-booming industry in Chile. The “nitrate town” is a World Heritage Monument, which remains untouched since production halted in the early 20th century. Visit the large pinewood structure that witnessed the thousands of laborers working in the harsh surroundings of the Atacama, one of the driest deserts in the world. Learn about the mining and extracting processes, and view the photos and relics from the industry’s “Golden Age.” Plan your Salitrera Santa Laura visit and explore what else you can see and do in Iquique using our Iquique tour planner.
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  • I say the white man as saltpetrous dust covered their clothing of the painting dawn until the end of working hours, it is a real nitrate office, left to the resguarsdo of the man of today so you know the forms of life, dress, susu work tools, susu houses, feeding systems, of fun, theaters, etc. actiualemnte is a world monument to the brought and human sacrifice by extracting the wealth of the all in this case saltpeter or caliche as loo called Chilean pampinos ancient miners, periuanos and Bolivians settled in these parts.
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  • It is very interesting to see the structures that seem to complain about with the wind. We are taken to the last century and we clearly imagine how difficult the lives of these workers. Access is not easy, you have to go on a tour or drive, while it is relatively close to the city of Iquique.
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  • Beautiful, full of machinery, antiques, architecture of the time and very good locations for pictures
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