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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  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful place. Takes you back through the history. It reminds me of those period films or books that describe stories of pastured. I recommend it more than Humberstone
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  • August 4, 2017
    It is smaller, but still full of history and memories, is a complement to the visit to the other nitrate
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  • July 31, 2017
    A very good place to visit and understand how to extract saltpeter during much of the 20th century. Has already demolished, production facilities to be fully aware of as it is operated
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