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Free Things To Do in Santiago

If you have extra time, St. Christopher Hill is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Santiago
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    Beckoning to an artsy crowd, the Bellavista neighborhood features graffiti-lined streets with cafes, art galleries and boutique shops. Here, you'll find inventive cocktail bars and eclectic eateries rubbing shoulders with antique homes and colonial mansions. Spend some time exploringLa Chascona— the former home of celebrated poet Pablo Neruda — before

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    Metropolitan Cathedral
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    Flanking the western edge of thePlaza de Armas, this neoclassical cathedral has a history that stretches back to 1541 when Spanish conquistador and city founder Pedro de Valdivia requested a place of worship be constructed at the edge of Santiago's colonial square. However, a fire tore through the first structure,

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    St. Christopher Hill
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    St. Christopher Hill (Cerro San Cristóbal) stands nearly 3,000 feet above the rest of Metropolitan Park, a large swath of green space inBellavista. The hill's height affords spectacular views to those who visit the summit. To reach the top of the hill, you'll need to hop on the funicular located on

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    Santa Lucía Hill
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    A hilltop park on the eastern edge of downtown Santiago, Santa Lucía Hill(Cerro Santa Lucía) draws visitors with its panoramic views. To reach the top of Santa Lucía Hill on foot from the park's main entrance near the Santa Lucía metro stop, you'll need to follow a long narrow path punctuated

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    Museum of Memory and Human Rights
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    If you're looking to learn more about General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, plan a visit to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos). The museum catalogues Pinochet's 17-year rule, which resulted in the torture, murder and disappearance of thousands of Chileans. According to

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    Plaza de Armas
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    Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia (who founded Santiago) established this historic square back in 1541, creating a religious and political hub teeming with architectural treasures. Amid the many sights on display in the Plaza de Armas, you can't miss the gracefulMetropolitan Cathedralset along its western border. You'll also stumble upon

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    Central Market
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    To get your seafood fix in Santiago, head straight to the Central Market (Mercado Central). Here, you'll find a festive atmosphere and top-grade fish. As you walk past the stalls and stands, you'll come across rarities like giant squid, sea urchin and barnacles, among other unconventional offerings. Venture to the

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