Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works Tours

Now an eerie ghost town marooned on the arid plains of the Atacama Desert, it’s hard to believe that the Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works were once home to a thriving 
community of miners. The historic refineries were in use from 1880 to 1960, and served as the epicenter of Chile’s once hugely profitable saltpeter (sodium nitrate) mining industry.

The long-abandoned sites are now protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites and offer a fascinating insight into Chile’s history and heritage. Visitors can explore the restored buildings; peek inside the workers’ quarters, church and school; and learn about local life at the small museum, before seeing the old processing plants, mine shafts and mining equipment.

Practical Info

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works are located in Tarapacá, North Chile, 45km east of Iquique, and are open daily from 9am – 7pm. Admission is C$3,000.
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Address: km47 A-16, Tarapacá, Chile
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Hours: Daily: 9am – 7pm
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Admission: C$3,000
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Saltpeter of Santa Laura, Pica and Pintados Day Tour

Get a glimpse of life in 19th-century Chile as you explore the ghost towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura on this full-day tour from Iquique. Discover the fascinating history of the long-deserted Saltpeter works, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, then pay a visit to La Tirana, which hosts the famous Fiesta de la Tirana each summer. After lunch at a local restaurant (included), relax in the Pica hot springs, then marvel over the dramatic Pintados Geoglyphs as you journey back through the Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Pintados Geoglyphs Humberstone and Salar Grande tour

Tour visiting the ghost town of Humberstone (UNESCO), Pampa del Tamarugal National Reserve, Cerro Pintados geoglyphs, Salar Grande and a Sea lions colony. Local products picnic lunch included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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