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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile
+56 57 276 0626
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Interesting place.

An interesting site. A former mine that shut down in 1960 and now has become a UNESCO world... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Robert C
Dublin, Ireland
Impressive environment, do it yourself

Somewhere around the fishmarket hall we took a public bus of Santa Angela Pullmann to go to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile
+56 57 276 0626
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An interesting site. A former mine that shut down in 1960 and now has become a UNESCO world heritage site as basically a ghost town. It's an easy place to travel to. Just get a bus out there from the market. They go every half...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Somewhere around the fishmarket hall we took a public bus of Santa Angela Pullmann to go to Humberstone, 2000clp one way. Just buy 1way to take any bus for return. Already the busride was impressive. Advise busdriver to let u out at Humberstone stop. Entrance...More

Thank Raephels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice look at Salitres history well preseved a a site museum Take sun glasses , sun screen and hat if possible Get ready to walk !! Nice pictures can be obtained i the afternoon near sunset Bring some Water, remember you are in the...More

Thank roland2409
Reviewed 20 April 2017

A ghost town from the days of Chilean saltpetre (nitrate) mining, now abandoned and deserted but turned into a museum. Truly evocative of those days, with many of the rooms filled with mementoes of the times. Don't miss the bar, the swimming pool and the...More

Thank ChrisJS51
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The pampas of the Atacama Desert is one of the driest environs on earth. In the 1830s, the natural fertilizer nitrate began to be heavily mined here fueling an economic boom in Iquique that lasted more then a 100 years. The town of Humberstone was...More

1  Thank Eddiemack
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We took a tour of Humberstone from our cruise ship. It is an interesting view of a part of Chilean history. It opened in the late 1800's and closed in 1960. It is a modern day ghost town. It has been preserved by a combination...More

Thank CaliforniaLeslie
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Humberstone allows the past to come alive and make history tangible. This part of the world is living of copper mines today, but nitrate was mined a century ago, after wars were fought and borders were moved.

Thank Lata67
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Astounding place near Iquique with lots of history, photo opportunities and ruins. It's an easy bus ride from Iquique so no need to do it by tour or by car. Well worth your time!

Thank Daniel J
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Although not everyone enjoys this sort of trip, it is most certainly a must-visit location. It was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and with good reason. The saltpetre mine has been preserved almost in its entirety, and it allows you to travel...More

Thank malarconleon
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Really nice place, highly recommended. The old mining town was left when the mining stopped. It was left with a lot of the equipment, furniture etc. in place. It is in the middle of the dessert and has been worn down by weather and time...More

Thank TwoAndAHalfTraveller
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Two of us are arriving on a ship at 1:00 pm (the Regatta from Oceania Cruises) on February 10, 2016. We would be interested in a 4 to 5 hour tour of Humberstone and Iquique. Do you offer such a tour and what would be the cost?
9 November 2015|
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Response from Rui618 | Reviewed this property |
I went to visit Humberstone not long ago. We couldn't find a tour only to Humberstone Saltpeter. So we didn't take a tour, just rented a car like the person on an earlier answer also suggested. For a tour, usually they start... More
Carolina C
Hola...quisiera saber donde arrendaste auto?? Gracias
18 April 2017|
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Sergio A
como llego hasta alla si no ando en vehiculo? existe algun bus que pase por ahi?
1 March 2017|
Response from Correcaminosss | Reviewed this property |
Toma un bus (son tipo furgón, combi) en dirección a Pozo Almonte y te bajas en el cruce del paso peatonal, en plena carretera y caminas 150 metros apróx hacia el acceso. Así lo hice yo. Los buses salen desde el sector del... More
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