Salitrera Santa Laura, Iquique

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World heritage site · Specialty Museum · Museum
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.” PutSalitrera 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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  • The place is far smaller then Humberstone, but still worth paying a (shorter) visit. In one hour you can make a good tour of the place. Don't forget the small museum, which exhibits some nice and...  more »
  • We had a very good guide who took us back to the past when the mine was full with workers, families. It is impressive to see how organised it was. It had its advantages and disadvantages. It's worth.....  more »
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