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Chuquicamata Coppermine

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Chuquicamata is known around the world because of its copper production (activity that preceeds the Inca Empire).

It´s an industry that began circa 1882, although it started operating properly in 1911 when US capitals finished its construction. Today, the production reaches the 630 tons of fine copper every year.

The Chuquicamata Mine belongs to CODELCO (Copper Corporation), the most important Chilean mineral industry, and it`s the biggest copper mine in the world (4,3 kilometers long, 3 kilometers wide and 800 meters deep).

The mine has a balcony for visitors, who can also learn about copper procedures.


Biggest copper mine in the world.




Second region. Located 16 kilometers north of Calama and 230 kilometers northeast of Antofagasta.

How to get there?

Anywhere-Santiago: Airway.

Santiago-Antofagasta: Airway and land route, by Panamericana 5 North.

Antofagasta-Calama: Land route, by Route 25 CH. Airway.

Calama-Chuquicamata Mine: Land route (north way) Public and private transportation.

Anywhere- Calama: Airway.

When to go?

All year long.


Desert weather. The temperature oscillates between day and night time, and the summer rain is more frequent with a high media of 3 milimeters. The high media temperature is 24,5ºC and the lowest is 17,1ºC.


Food, transportation.


Ayquina, Calama, Caspana, Chiu-Chiu, Cupo, Conchi Dam, Geyser del Tatio, Ayquina Church, Lasana, Chuquicamata, Ollague, Conchi town, Coska town, Lasana Pukara, Turi Pukara, Loa River, Ascotan Salar, Carcote Salar, Toconce, Aucanquilcha Volcano.


Ask for visits in the Chuqui Office.

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