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Address: Off the PanAmerican Highway 5, Antofagasta 1240007, Chile

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Big piece of the history of the country. Currently one of a ghost towns or abandoned "oficinas salitreras" in Spanish. Worth to be there to see it on your own and to hear the... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2016
Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The place was a late nitrate town, and as such, more developed than the older ones. Abandoned in 1945 with the decline of the nitrate industry. Nothing happened with the buildings till 1973 when the Pinochet regime found it appropriate for a concentration camp of intellectuals. Despite its significant historical value, the site is not a maintained or renovated historical... More 

4 Thank Lenke_13
Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Big piece of the history of the country. Currently one of a ghost towns or abandoned "oficinas salitreras" in Spanish. Worth to be there to see it on your own and to hear the music which is played loud at the place. Crazy feeling.

1 Thank IrinaG84
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2016

This is definately a place to visit if you enjoy history. There is very little restoration going on but hopefully this place will be preserved. There was a sadness about being there due to the emptyness and history of the location. my family enjoyed it very much. I hightly recomend it

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

This place manufactured the nitrates used in wars in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More recently, it was the prison camp (barely mentioned at the camp) used by Chilean dictator, General Pinochet, to torture political prisoners in his war against thousands of Chileans who supported the administration he ousted, or who he regarded as a threat to the... More 

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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2015

One of the many pretty village areas in southern Chile. Did not find anything spectacular, but did enjoy the central plaza and the shopping streets connected to it. Seemed like just a regular town with friendly people - not a tourist trap.

1 Thank Chaltom

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