Salitrera Santa Laura, Iquique

4.3
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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  • A dream of the past for those who lived and worked in the pampa salitrea a memory or an experience of what those ttimes were. Visiting Santa Laura is to return to the past imagine for the dreamers how you could live in these desolate places away from civilization and for those who worked here dus memories of childhood and pampina life
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  • A place that shows the greatness of its time. Those giant structures in the middle of the desert give an idea of the salt power. An image of effort and grandeur of the time.
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