Pozo Almonte

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  • Day60

    Humberstone ghost town

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    We started the guided tour at 12:30 pm. We were the only 2 people on the tour. It was fim listening to and trying to understand everything in Spanish. Eventually, the guide downloaded the description of the whole place in English and gave it to us to read before showing us the buildings about which we were reading.Read more

  • Day60

    Humberstone church and swimming pool

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    There were remains of other major buildings like the church made from pine. This was a place for a lot of marriages just before the town was shut down since a lotta of men and women had been living together but wanted to get married so they could live together once they moved out of the town. There were the remains of the swimming pool as well. This had been made in an unusual style with iron planks riveted together and it even had a 3 level diving board. The water from the swimming pool was circulated within the campus for other usages.Read more

  • Day59

    Cerro Pintados Geoglyphs

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    3 kms from the entrance, we came to a parking. We parked there and started walking. There were geoglyphs all over the hills there. There were diagrams of llamas, people, figures and symbols. It was a fantastic sight. No one really know what these symbols meant and why they were drawn here.
    There are approximately four hundred images made around the year 1000 AD. The felines, birds, snakes and flocks of llamas and vicuñas scratched into the rock are thought to have been indicators for livestock farmers. The circles, squares, dotted lines and human figures are more enigmatic, however, and may have had something to do with rituals, perhaps even sacrifices.Read more

  • Day59

    No pasar

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    When we reached back near the parking, we found out that ot had been forbidden to walk on the track where we had been walking. There was am alternate road but that had been behind the locked building. We had no way of knowing it. In any case, coming into the locked compound couldn't have been a smaller breach than walking on this forbidden track.
    We left the way we had come in and then were back on the pan America highway.
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  • Day59

    Apart Hotel Pozo Almonte

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    At 9:30 pm, we reached Pozo Almonte. We stopped at Apart Hotel amd liked the rooms. The rent too was reasonable at 35000 CLP and there was enough space for parking our vehicle inside the compound. The rooms were like cabanas with a sitout a common living room with TV and refrigerator and 2 bedrooms. The evening tea and breakfast was included in the price which was perfect simce we wouldn't need to go around trying to find a place to eat. Another good thing was that the Humberstone ghost town that we wanted to visit the next day was just 5 kms away.Read more

  • Day60

    Off to Humberstone ghost town

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    We woke up at 8:30 am and had breakfast at the cafeteria. By the time we finished breakfast and had a shower and packed, it was already 11 am. We went straight to Humberstone. There was a movie shoot going on near the entrance.

    Humberstone is a former mining town in the Atacama Desert, a few hundred kilometres from Chile's borders with Peru and Bolivia.
    It was named after James Humberstone, a British chemical engineer who emigrated to South America in 1875.
    He made his fortune from saltpetre, which was dug out of caliche - the nitrate-rich crust of the desert - and used to make fertilizer.
    For a while in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, almost all the saltpetre in the world came from the Atacama Desert. It was known as "white gold" and was in huge demand in the industrialising countries of Europe, which needed fertilizer to help grow food for their rapidly expanding populations.
    Founded in 1872, it was originally known as La Palma and in its heyday was home to around 3,500 people.
    When World War One broke out, the British blockaded exports of saltpetre to Germany.
    That prompted the Germans to look for alternatives, and they invented synthetic substitutes that could be used to make fertilizer. Suddenly, no-one needed Chilean nitrate anymore and the industry collapsed.
    These days, Humberstone is a ghost town. No-one has lived or worked here for half a century. But in the dry desert air it has been well preserved. You can still see the old company store where the workers bought their food and provisions. Humberstone is now a United Nations World Heritage Site.

    It was 11:30 by now. We saw there was a guide tour at 12:30 pm. It would be in Spanish but still better than no explanation at all. Instead of wasting time here, we decided to go to its twin ghost town Santa Laura. This is where the extracted saltpeter used to be processed. There is no guided tour here and it is much smaller than Humberstone. The entrance to this place is also included in the ticket. We decided to spend an hour here and then come back before the tour start.
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  • Day199


    March 20, 2017 in Chile

    Endlich wieder eine Geisterstadt! Ich habe ja schon so ein kleines Faible für Orte, die im Englischen so schön als 'Lost Places' bezeichnet werden.
    Wie erwähnt wurde Iquique durch Salpeter groß. Dieses wurde etwa 50km weiter im Landesinneren gewonnen. Dort kommt es in einer 2-3m dicken Schicht natürlich im Boden vor.
    Humberstone war einer dieser Orte, die etwa um 1870 gegründet wurden und in der Regel um 1960 aufgegeben wurden. Ein Ort bestand in der Regel aus dem Industriegebiet, in dem die Salpeter Produktion stattfand, der Verwaltung und dem öffentlichen Gebiet, bestehend aus Wohneinheiten und Freizeiteinrichtungen.
    Durch das sehr trockene Klima sind die Häuser auch noch sehr gut erhalten. Es ist möglich in fast jedes Haus zu gehen und man kann quasi alles machen, da es keine Zäune gibt. So findet man auch noch alte, verstaubte Werkstätten oder halbe Kraftwerke.
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  • Day26

    Humberstone, Atacama Wüste, Chile

    February 7, 2017 in Chile

    Humberstone ist eine von James Thomas Humberstone von der Nitratgewinnungsgesellschaft gegründete Stadt, die in den florierenden Zeiten Ende des 19. Anfang des 20. Jahrhundert über 3500 Bewohner zählte. Mitten in der trockenen Atacama Wüste gab es in dieser Stadt ein Schwimmbad, ein Theater, Einkaufsläden, ein Tanzsaal, eine Schule, eine Kirche. Die Menschen lebten vom Abbau des Nitrats, das sich dicht unter der Erdoberfläche befand. Seit 1961 ist Humberstone verlassen und eine Geisterstadt, wie ein Freilichtmuseum.Read more

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