Travel Art: Culture
Duration: 1 Day
- Tour Description
Visit Chuquicamata – the largest copper mine in the world, even visible from space! This giant hole in the desert landscape is the heart of Chile’s economy. Even the Inca already extracted copper here. In 1910 the first modern conveyor system was built and now 600.000t of copper are produced here annually. The main pit is over 4km/2.5mi long, 3km/2mi wide and 850m/2,789ft deep – until now.
Ideally you visit Chuquicamata from Calama, or on your way back from San Pedro to Calama. Permission for visitors is not guaranteed and may depend on the work carried out at the mine on that precise day.