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Salitrera Santa Laura, Iquique
(4.3/5 based on 220 reviews on the web)
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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  • This office is small to Humberstone, but certainly worth know it, although this has more machinery and is much better appreciated the work of the workers of saltpeter.
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  • Excellent, picture required for national and international tourists is to visit our heritage that was at the time of the social question the economic engine more important of Chile, lasting approximately 100 years in operation with the creation of new processes of extraction and purification of saltpeter, sheltering at a countless people, turning it into true cities with all its facilities
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  • Stop forced if you visit Iquique. The industrial part of this town of saltpeter, since the urban part of this village looted it in the past, and vice versa with Humberstone. What little that is very beautiful and imposing, perfect for this mineral industry.
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  • Highly recommended
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  • Cute place, to learn about the history of the region. Failure that yes most enable it for tourism, there are no people who sell products at its entrance and well equipped bathrooms outside the House
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  • It is a place full of history, see reflected the efforts of the working people of chile, and especially when a family member to lived in the area is really fantastic
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  • Very special place, has a rich history... I highly recommend it.
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  • Beautiful
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