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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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For dependable chain options, look for hotels located along the beachfront--a good area for anyone visiting Iquique to swim, surf, and paraglide. Hotels near the beach also tend to stay relatively expensive throughout the year, so if you're visiting on a budget, consider one of the city's many hostels. Rental apartments distributed across Iquique accommodate visitors looking for more privacy and space.
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  • A nice site to visit in the Atacama Desert. Bring water sun glasses and shade. A 2 hour visit is enough the proceed to near Humberstone where you will nedd more time. Nice pictures at sunset.  more »
  • As a chemist, I found the tour of the now decaying Santa Laura Saltpeter factory absolutely amazing. There are detailed descriptions accompanying each step of the process, from the leaching and recrys...  more »
  • After walking throughout all the industrial site, Santa Laura definitely presents itself as a silent witness of the complex industrial processes and the hard working conditions workers had to endure t...  more »