Codelco Visitor Office - For Tours Of Chuquicamata Mine | Tourist Attraction

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Last Visited: over 1 year ago
GPS: -22.438260, -68.925870
Altitude: 2255.0 masl

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This is the meeting place for tours of the world's largest open pit copper mine, run by the state-owned Codelco. To reserve, email [email protected] Tours are free. They are held at 1pm weekdays. A bus takes the tour group to Chuquicamata, the town where workers used to live, and to the mine itself. Then the bus drops you off back in Calama at 4:30. There is secure parking for your rig.
The Codelco Norte visitor office is on the north side of Calama, at the junction of Central Sur and Granaderos. This should not be confused with the Codelco Norte headquarters building opposite the Calama Plaza Mall on Balmaceda.

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I did not get an email answer the whole day but I showed up. completely closed at the moment as for the corona virus situation. I specifically asked if they open again if this is over and he said yes, there is no other reason for a closure (such as protests or operation in the mine)

Still suspended due to the Chilean instability just now. I emailed [email protected] and received a very quick (probably auto reply) from Renato. Disappointing but c'est la vie.

No tour since the Chilean crisis started in October. For security reason. They can’t tell when it will start again. Email first or phone. See other comments for details.

Visit to the mine have been temporary suspended.

we called at 9am Monday morning and we put on the waiting list.
We got on the tour.
Bus is comfortable and air conditioned.
Bring water and snacks.
Must wear long sleeves and long pants.
Hard hat and vest provided.

we were lucky to get a spot but we also called them at 9am (when they open) to put us on the waiting list for the same day. Seems like there are always people canceling their reservation. this time there were quite a few people from the waiting list that got a seat.
I would say just try and you might be lucky

Warning ! No place for visiting the place before february !

Attention il n’y a pas de place avant février pour visiter la mine. Il y a une liste d’attente. Nous avons essayé mais en cette période de vacances il y a beaucoup de monde sur les listes d’attente ! Et du coup aujourd’hui nous n’avons pas pu visiter ! Faut tenter sa chance mais sans trop espérer !

Visitação suspensa em chuquicamata por motivos operacionais,atendente é oficial da segurança muito amáveis

Really recommended free tour with Spanish-English speaking guide. In my understanding they do not just say nice things about their company -it's a state company and we only heard about its history and functioning, no marketing speech. Very interesting ghost town and impressive copper mine with its massive machinery and industrial buildings.
Free secure parking at the offices.
Indeed recommended to book tour 2-3 days ahead or call during the morning to see if there's space for the same day.
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Tour gratuito y muy recomendable con guía hispano- y angloparlante. A mi entender no dicen sólo cosas bonitas de la empresa -después de todo es una empresa estatal y sólo nos hablaron de su historia y funcionamiento, nada de discursos marketineros.
Ciudad fantasma muy interesante e impresionante mina de cobre con su maquinaria y plantas de procesamiento masivos.
Estacionamiento gratuito en las oficinas.
Efectivamente se recomienda reservar con 2-3 días de anticipación o llamar durante la mañana por si hay espacio para el mismo día.

Hello
This. is the place to visit in Calama.
Great an interesting afternoon in family.
It's free but you can give a tip for an association of sick children.
Take car, they don't take children under 7 years old.
With our truck we have sleep to "Extraccion camping"
The bus wasn't full, and we have make our reservation by mail the day before.
Phone: +56552322122

Very interessting tour for free! we didn’t had a reservations so we wrote a email one day before so we were on the waiting list and had to be at the starting point at 13.00! We had luck and could do the tour! They said that almost every day people didn’t confirm their reservation so that a few places are left! So try it the same way if you don’t have a reservation! the mine overground will operate only till the end 2018 then they start underground...don’t know if they still do the tours in 2019?
they have a secure parkplace with fence for free! absolutely recommended!!!

If you want to visit the mine you have to came to the place, or you make a reservation on the internet. It very interesting and for free.

Visits are again suspended. Don't know for how long. 😕

really interesting free tour. secure parking with guard and fences. reserve some days ahead.

The tours are available again. If you are not flexible timewise it is recommended to book well ahead. We wanted to book a week later and were already on a waiting list

Good news: it is open for tours. All the previous information is still correct. We were very lucky to show up at noon and because of cancellations could join the tour. Not everybody on the waiting list was as fortunate as we were and had to go back without a tour. So if you can plan your visit, please make a reservation to avoid disappointment by emailing or calling them.

As of today they are open.

although Internet said that they start tours as from September, the office was still closed

Still no tour

stiil closed, a sign says no tours anymore for operational reasons.

Closed at the moment. Tours will start again at may, 2nd

not open in March

depart pour visite mine : syndicat N 2 av granadero

it's a good Tour, guarded parking for tour member behind the office possible.

This is the meeting place for tours of the world's largest open pit copper mine, run by the state-owned Codelco. To reserve, email [email protected] Tours are free. They are held at 1pm weekdays. A bus takes the tour group to Chuquicamata, the town where workers used to live, and to the mine itself. Then the bus drops you off back in Calama at 4:30. There is secure parking for your rig. We emailed and were told the tour for the day we wanted was full. But when we showed up, it turned out there were cancellations and we were able to join the tour that day.
The Codelco Norte visitor office is on the north side of Calama, at the junction of Central Sur and Granaderos. This should not be confused with the Codelco Norte headquarters building opposite the Calama Plaza Mall on Balmaceda.