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Ruins of Puquios (1)

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Ruins of Puquios, a old mining village, in the Atacama Region - Chile

Photo: Ruins of Puquios in the Atacama Region - Chile. (Photo W. Griem 2009; CaXSi-2118) - Large photo

Photo Information: Canon XSi Camera
Lens: 17-70mm (pol) | Focal length: 23mm | Time: 1:160 | ISO100
F: f/7.1 | Original size: 4272 x 2848 | Date: 2009/07/09/12:53hrs.

Atacama: Qda. Paipote - Puquios (1)

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The ruins of Puquios:
The ruins of Puquios (Region of Atacama, Chile) are located in the pre-Cordillera range, some 60 km distance east of Copiapó. Puquios was a mining town with more than 5000 inhabitants, railway station and same well build houses. From the 1930s onwards, the miners left this site. Today we see the remains of houses, industrial plants and the cemetery [here].

The houses were mainly made of adobe and you can still imagine the design of the last century. Puquios was connected to the railway of Caldera - Copiapó [here]. Its location near mining sectors such as Dulcinea and Tres Puntas ensured a certain development. Guillermo Wheelwright projected from Puquios a railway line to Argentina. But the fall of mining at the turn of the century, financing problems and topographical difficulties did not allow this project.
Espinoza (1895) published a figure of 626 inhabitants for Puquios.



See also "Snow in Puquios and Quebrada Paipote". [here]
Location (UTM): 411969E / 6995828 N
datum prov. South America 1956



Place: Ruins of Puquios, Atacama Region
Atacama Region, Chile
Province of Copiapó
Commune of Copiapó
Location: UTM: 411.969E / 69.95.828 N (Datum prov. SudAm. 1956)
Population: 0
Height: 1248 m
Distance to Copiapó: 57,5 km

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Photo: Ruins of Puquios in the Atacama Region - Chile. (W. Griem 2009; CaXSi-2112) - Large Photo

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Lens: 55-250mm | Focal Length: 79mm | Time: 1:160 | ISO1000
F: f/7.1 | Original size: 4272 x 2848 | Date: 2009/07/09/12:48hrs.

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