Lovers of modern history should start by visiting the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. The museum tells the story of those who suffered violations of human rights during the regime led by Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990 and is both insightful and eye-opening. From there, travel across town to the barrio (neighbourhood) of Bellavista. Rich with artists, hip boutiques and trendy bars, Bellavista is Santiago's bohemian quarter. Stop at La Chascona, the home built by noble prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Known for his eclectic and urban style, the whimsical design and unique architecture of the house is well worth a look.
Nearby is Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill rising about 300m above the city of Santiago and topped with a 22-metre statue of the Virgin Mary. Although it's possible to walk or ride, the easiest way to the top is by catching the funicular from Bellavista. Go just before sunset and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over the city. On a clear day or after the rain, the view of the snow-capped Andean mountains is breathtaking.
After the sun goes down, opt to take a salsa dance lesson or head to the impressive Teatro Municipal and watch the ballet or opera.
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