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Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone

Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile
+56 57 276 0626
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unbelievable story

get here as early or as late as possible, think about santa laurita as well, bring someone who... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Alex W
Stuttgart, Germany
Interesting Place

Very well preserved town with a rich history. It is definitely worth the $4.50 entrance fee and the... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Limache, Chile
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Kilometro 47, Ruta a-16, Iquique 1180000, Chile
+56 57 276 0626
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

get here as early or as late as possible, think about santa laurita as well, bring someone who speaks spanish, visit the scholl building and read some book about this topic while you're in chile

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Very well preserved town with a rich history. It is definitely worth the $4.50 entrance fee and the signs in the town are also in English.

Thank JBclimber24
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We got to Humberstone one hour before closing when most other visitors had left. Add to that the wind and the deserted city and extraction facilities became the perfect setting for any post apocalyptic movie. It helps that in order to extract the saltpeter and...More

Thank Sergio L
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Probably the most well preserved ghost town of the original nitrate processing locations in northern Chile , Territory which triggered wars between Chile Peru and Bolivia for the rich Nitrate Fields in the area. It is very encouraging to see that local authorities have taken...More

Thank Lucas J
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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 4 May 2017 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 27 April 2017

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
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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