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W. Griem, 2006 - 2021
Camera Canon Powershot-A100 (103-0318_IMG.JPG)
Longitud focal: 5,41mm (=44mm/35mm) | Tiempo: 1:1000
F: f/5.6 | Tamaño original: 1024 x 768 | Fecha: 2002/11/01/15:53 hrs.
Photo: Remains of the plant in Carrera Pinto, Atacama Region; Photo W.Griem
Large Photo Grande de 2002 - piscinas de la planta
Camera Canon 50D (IMG_4697JPG)
Lente: 20mm +pol.| Longitud focal: 20mm (32,2/35mm) | Tiempo: 1:160 | ISO100
F: f/7.1 | Tamaño original: 4752 x 3168 | Fecha: 2011/01/09/14:11 hrs.
Carrera Pinto is located between
Inca de Oro. The people have been abandoned in recent decades. Until
the 90s, one person and one kiosk remained.
Before Carrera Pinto was a very important mining village. Its location between the early Puquios railway (see here) and the Tres Puntas mines ensured considerable passenger and metal traffic. With the construction of the railroad Chulo - Inca de Oro in 1908 (Yunge, 1910) Carrera Pinto was very interesting for its nearby mines and some mineral concentration plants were opened.
Located in the heart of the Varas plain and in the middle of several important historical mining sectors (until the fifties) the ruins are hidden in the infinite dimensions of the plain. But the whole railway station, the plant, the village, an airstrip and on all sides pieces of glass still show the importance of the sector some 70 years ago. Today it's pure desert. Until the last place with people, Finca Santa Maria was abandoned and it is almost time to remain in ruins forever.
*) En Yunge (1910) "Estadística Minera en Chile 1908 y 1909" mention is made of the end of the construction of the route Chulo - Inca de Oro in 1908..
Place: Ruins of Carrera Pinto, Atacama Region
Location: UTM: E407.938 / N70.05.443 (Datum prov. SudAm. 1956)
Distance to Copiapó: 61,5 km
Atacama Region, Chile
Commune Copiapó, Province of Copiapó
Ruins of the village, Railway station, Mineral treatment plant, Finca Santa María
Selected photos of the
Virtual vantage point to the Desert
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