Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Offices

The history of white gold envelops and joins two saltpeter offices that became the world’s most important saltpeter mine at the turn at the 20th century. The union of different communities, knowledge and skills turned this industry into a complex space of cultural exchange.

The transformation of the saltpeter mines and industrial settlements into a community with their own language, organization, traditions and creative expressions will still charm those today who visit these ghost towns in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

Visit the settlement of Humberstone and the industrial area of Santa Laura and relive the glory days of saltpeter and the memories of one of the most glamorous periods of Chile’s history.

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