Part of the
Hurtigruten Group

Humberstone & Santa Laura



Available all year
Min. number
0 travellers
Booking code

Discover the ghost towns of Santa Laura and Humberstone in the Atacama Desert – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the ghost town of Santa Laura, a once booming saltpetre town in the Atacama Desert

  • Admire Humberstone’s hotel, general store, theatre, administration buildings and swimming pool, which now lie abandoned

  • Experience the splendour of this important period in Chile's history, the 'Nitrate Age’ 

Saltpetre refineries  

As we leave Iquique behind to begin our tour, you’ll be treated to magnificent panoramic views of the city, its stunning beaches and the ridge of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill).  

We’ll continue through the indescribable Atacama Desert to reach the ghost towns of Santa Laura and Humberstone. You’ll explore these abandoned towns which lie seemingly frozen in time. Learn about the saltpetre refineries here and hear their history.  

Practical information

  • Included: One bottle of water per person. 

  • Remarks/requirements: Please wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Transfer time is approx. 1 hour each way.  

  • Walking or Activity information: Involves physical activity on uneven surfaces and/or steep terrain. Not suitable if you have limited mobility. Includes approx. one mile of walking, and long periods of standing and walking under the sun. 

  • Wheelchair accessible: No 

  • Language availability: English and German (subject to availability) 

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to hear about our latest offers, exciting itineraries and inspirational articles.

Sign up here