Destination guide: Copiapo, Chile
Long before the world-famous mining cave-in of 2010, Copiapo Chile was an established mineral-rich location in the north of Chile. The natural wealth of the region inspired many early businesses to travel to Copiapo, and to begin mining there. Today, you can find from small businesses to larger and state-owned mining operations.
There are numerous interesting historical and cultural sites in the city. You can also explore the Mineralogic Museum as well as the beautiful Plaza de Armas.
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With a pleasant climate and many historic buildings, you may find yourself oddly comfortable amidst the milling miners and down-to-business pace of Copiapo. This said, you want to make a foray into the remote mountains near the Argentine border, especially the breathtaking Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces, Laguna Verde and Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world.
The town does earn some kudos for being the site of several historical firsts: South America’s first railroad (completed in 1852) ran from here to Caldera; here, too, appeared the nation’s first telegraph and telephone lines, and Chile’s first gas works. All of these firsts came on the back of the 18th-century gold boom and the rush to cash in on silver discovered at neighboring Chañarcillo in 1832. Today, it’s copper that keeps the miners and beer-hall gals in the green.
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