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Chuquicamata is an impressive place to visit. Its eerie abandoned town (or what remains of it) is an incredible place that takes you to the time when miners lived there. The tour to the mine is also a must, as the huge scale of everything...More
+ huge machinery, keeping you breathless
+ very safe / official mining tour guides take extra care
+ for free (but book in advance online - see below)
Tip re booking:
You need to write them an email and then you get a response within...More
This is a free tour but you must reserve in advance with the mine's tourist desk (not city tourism). Your hotel can make the reservation for you. The guide was really good and informative. It was really interesting to learn about the history of the...More
I never forgot my visit of the mine 45 years ago, It is just as awesome now. The mine has been in operation for 100 + years, but later this year, the operation will start going underground. The visit is free, but you must have...More
The world's largest open pit mine that is just unbelievable. It is 5K by 3K and 1 kilometer deep. The trucks that take out the stone for processing are just fascinating. Perfectly proportioned by the tires and 4 meters (13 feet) high. If you have...More
Visited long ago. but loved the story about the little truck, that used to shuttle between the mine and the Nitroglycerene hut: The drivers, risking death oin every bump in the road;;;;drove on. Because that was the only option they had.
A bit out of thew way if you don't have business with the mine but it is something to be seen. It is by excavated volume the largest open pit copper mine in the world and it has been producing since late 1800's!
Had booked a tour months ago, and confirmed it recently. But tours were discontinued. Wish they had told me, as this was a main reason to visit Calama. Pit operations are finished. Its underground work now.
I could not find any recent info regarding this tour, so I went to the information center where the free tour was meant to leave from only to find it was no longer running "...do to operational reasons"
Pretty silly they can't put some updated...More