(CJC201) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO CHUQUICAMATA
Duration: 2 ½ hours approx.
Available: All year.
Operates: Monday to Friday (Start at 13:00 hrs.).
Description: Chile is the world’s main copper exporter and this tour will lead us to the very core of its activities. Chuquicamata is the largest open pit mine worldwide and is celebrating its 100th anniversary of life and history. Its name means “the limit of the land of the Chucos” or “metal (chuqui) tripped wooden (camata) spear”. Chuquicamata is a word from the Aymara language and refers to the chuco or chuqui natives who worked the copper deposits to make their weapons and tools. They were the first diggers of this mine that produces 600,000 metric tons of copper a day and is managed by state-run company Codelco. Before visiting the mine, a short briefing is offered, as well as security gear and an informative video. From the Mirador or lookout, the mine’s dimensions may be viewed: 4.5 km (2.7 mi) long, 3.5 km (2.1 mi.) wide and 1 km (0.6 mi.) deep, all approximate figures.
NOTE: CODELCO reserves the right to cancel the tour any moment due to weather conditions, operational reasons or other motives. Such cancelation may take place minutes before the vehicle starts out on the tour or even when it’s entering the mine itself.