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.” Put Salitrera Santa Laura into our Iquique trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is the only plant of leaching remaining in the North of Chile, but the structures and facilities, except the Museum, are in a pitiful state of conservation and are on the verge of collapse and represent a certain risk for visitors especially rises when the wind. This, however is a visit impossible to ignore, because they remember an important part of our history in the economic, political and cultural. In addition, it is declared together with Humberstone as patrimony of the humanity from the year 2005.
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  • Santa Laura is a small, historic, slowly weathered and disappearing counterpart to the neighbouring Humberstone. The desert seems to eat it slowly. Santa Laura is a can, not a requirement. The Grand Salon is gorgeous. Santa Laura makes a SERF think Humberstone on a fascinating, brutal capitalist Empire. Gherardino
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  • It is impressive how our ancestors overcame adversity... is memorable... is beautiful and sublime...
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