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During the day, tourists pass through Bellavista on their way to the the zoo, Cerro San Cristobal and La Chascona (the Santiago home of Pablo Neruda). The area packs in plenty of restaurants and cafés, with enough sights and stores to fill a tourist’s daylight hours. At night, the streets are lined with cheap plastic tables full of young Chileans and foreigners knocking back beers, rum and pisco before hitting the nearby dance floors. The barrio, the gay center of the capital, has some of the most consistently rowdy nightlife in Santiago. This is not the place to go for a few quiet beers before bed.

The nightclubs and discos that spring to life in the evenings blast reggaeton, techno, salsa, rock and hip hop into the wee hours of the morning. If you plan to stay through the night, it’s best to keep your wits about you and your eyes on your wallet. Avoid crossing the bridges to Providencia after dark unless you’re in a large group, as there can be security issues; taxis are a wise choice. There are many craft shops and stalls in the area which remain open into the evening, selling the famous blue lapis lazuli stones and Chilean copper.

Other neighborhoods in Santiago: Cajón del Maipo, Las Condes, Barrio Lastarria, Center, Barrio Brazil, Barrio Ñuñoa, Around Santiago and Providencia.

Things to do in Bellavista

La Chascona

Museo Casa La Chascona is the former home of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. La Chascona means “uncombed” and is a reference to the unruly hair of Matilde Urrutia, his secret ...
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

ZoolĂłgico Nacional

122788The Zoológico Nacional of Santiago features more than 150 animal species. The park spans 4.8 hectares at the base of Cerro San Cristobal, just beyond the Funicular. The “Zoocine,” a small indoor ...
City Park
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Feria de Bellavista

122789South America is known for its handcrafted masterpieces. This is no exception in Santiago. One craft fair (feria) that offers many treasures to take home is the Feria de Bellavista. These artisans ...
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Cerro San Cristobal

For a spectacular view of the city of Santiago, take the teleférico up to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. There you will find the large statue of the Virgin Mary, which can be seen from most of the ...
City Park
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Shopping at Bellavista Street Fair and Patio Bellavista

There are a number of artisan market stalls along Calle Pio Nono and in Patio Bellavista. This is a quick and easy place to buy some souvenirs. The 30-plus booths have a diverse range of high quality ...
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Parque Metropolitano

Covering 728 hectares, Parque Metropolitano is one of the largest parks in Chile. It is spread over several hills, including Cerros San Cristóbal, Chacarillas, Gemelos and Pirámide. The summit at ...
City Park
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Santuario Immaculada ConcepciĂłn

Just below the statue of the Virgen de la Immaculada ConcepciĂłn, on Cerro San Cristobal, is a wide amphitheater. This is Santuario Immaculada ConcepciĂłn, an open-air church, set in the lovely ...
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile

Maestra Vida

alseros looking to get their salsa fix while in Santiago should try out Maestra Vida, located on the busy Pio Nono strip. DJs play primarily salsa music (with a bit of traditional Cueca and Vallenato ...
Bellavista, Santiago, Chile
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