Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone, Iquique

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Must see · World heritage site · Ghost Town · Tourist Spot
Once a center for 19th-century Chile's booming salt production industry, today Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone stands as a ghost town. The town rose up around the saltpeter refineries; some it now functions as a museum, but most of the area remains open for you to tour on your own. Walk around and see what time has changed, visiting the homes of the workers that once hailed from Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Most of the machines are authentic pieces that functioned during the refinery's operation. Use our Iquique attractions planner to add Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone and other attractions to your Iquique vacation plans.
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  • The village and factory were build to subtract and treat salpeter, and is thus located near the place where the stone containing saltpeter was found, in the middle of the desert. Once the natural...  more »
  • If you are not familiar with the salitre industry history in Chile, this is a good starting point. Renovated in most parts, it tells you a story...of sacrifice, of social classes discrimination, of...  more »
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