Photographer's Note

Ghost town Santa Laura

Back to the ghost towns of northern Chile. The three pictures here are taken in Santa Laura that is located very close to Humberstone, the most visited ghost town.

Also here the reason for the existence of this small town in the middle of the desert was the presence of saltpeter mines.

So, why should you visit both places?
In Santa Laura you can see the remains of the industrial installations and the equipment that were used for the saltpeter processing while in Humberstone more civil and urban elements have been preserved like the living quarters, the public spaces and the communal buildings at the main square.
Furthermore, there are also the remains of the railway line that linked both towns and both also have a small museum.

Both places are located very close together.
However, there is no public transport to Santa Laura. From the entrance of Humberstone an easily trackable piste leads through the desert to Santa Laura.
Its just a half hour walk but remember this is the desert. I was there in July (winter in Chile) and it was very hot. When you make this trip in the summer, take plenty of water with you.
Although some parts of Humberstone are crowded, I was the only visitor in Santa Laura. (There was also a man at the ticket office) But unlike the ghost stories that exist I didnt feel strange presences and I didnt hear childrens crying :)A real bummer! :)

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