The biggest hole man has dug in the planet.


Calama, 215kms east of Antofagasta on the coast

Northern Chile, not far from Calama  is the biggest hole man has dug in the planet.

Chuquicamata is a copper mine.

This truck has a V12 motor, just to drive the generator. Each wheel has its own electric motor. Photo Credit: Phillie Casablanca

Each truck takes 12 hours to descend into the pit and come up again. Looking into the maw from above, you can understand why.

A depth of 850 metres (2,700ft +/-)

These boulders of ore on the edge of the pit for tourists, with one of the trucks in the background for them to explore.

Molten ore is poured into the moulds

Apart from the copper mine, Calama is the route to San Pedro de Atacama and the driest desert in the world. From there you can travel on to San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina; or visit the Laguna Colorada and go on to the Salar de Uyuni and Bolivia.

San Pedro de Atacama

NB: None of these photos are mine, all have been lost or such bad quality through deterioration that it be an insult to post them. Credits for images given where known.