Baquedano & Chacabuco
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Driving through the desert, you will head towards the small town of Baquedano -- once an important junction of the Antofagasta & Bolivia Railway. The old railway station and a collection of old locomotives used in the nitrate industry are well preserved here.
From Baquedano, continue to Chacabuco -- the remnants of a large residential town built in 1922 for workers of the nearby nitrate plant. The town was abandoned after nitrate prices fell below market sustainability levels. Chacabuco was used again between 1973 and 1975 by the Pinochet government as a concentration camp for political prisoners. In recent years, the old buildings have been restored using funds granted by the German government.
After seeing part of the Atacama desert, return to the pier and the ship.
Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring bottled water.