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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  • It comes at the price of the entrance to Humberstone, the town, which no longer exists retains vestiges of the production unit of the old plant but not. No Miss.
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  • The place is steeped in its history from its old smell, to me the truth fascinated me to go place entering houses to know its history, its customs, it would repeat it.
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  • If you visit Humberstone is a bound picture (the ticket serves for both nitrate). Although it is much more damaged than Humberstone, there is a sample which is in good condition and reflects the reality of a bygone era.
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