Largest Open Pit Copper Mine of the World | Tourist Attraction

Chile

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The free bus tour, booked in Calama at the PR office of Codelco (see iov) brings you first to the ghost town of Chuquicamata (see iov) and then to this massiv copper mine. The hole in the ground is already 1km deep, 5km long and 3km wide. Like ants, gigantic trucks carry each 350t of copper ore up to the refinery at the surface. In 2019, they will stop digging in the open and will go underground.

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One of the most unbelievable things we have ever seen. Breathtaking mine, and very well organized tour. I still cannot believe they allow tourists in there. The visit of the ghost town is also incredible. Renato (the guide) is also the PR for Cobelco. He is very knowledgeable and friendly but keep in mind that he is paid to say nice things about his company. We have learned later from a miner's family that he was not always telling the whole story... ;) Normally you need to book in advance (necessary during school holidays), but if you show up at 12:30 at the office in Calama, you are likely to be accepted on the tour depending on the seats available in the bus

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You cannot boke the tour here. You have to go the the Office in Calama.!!!

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The free bus tour, booked in Calama at the PR office of Codelco (see iov) brings you first to the ghost town of Chuquicamata (see iov) and then to this massiv copper mine. The hole in the ground is already 1km deep, 5km long and 3km wide. Like ants, gigantic trucks carry each 350t of copper ore up to the refinery at the surface. In 2019, they will stop digging in the open and will go underground.

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