6 Things to do In and Around Santiago de Chile

1. LASTARRIA

In this area you will find street fairs, vintage shops, murals, contemporary art museums and galleries, el biografo cinema (the oldest cinema in Santiago, which also serves food and drinks) and lots of cute restaurants and cafés.

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2. MUSEO DE LA MEMORIA 

This outstanding museum should help get a deeper understanding of Chile 's recent history. It takes a while to go over the four floors and the AC is strong for Italian standards. To take a break, you can visit the nearby cultural center Casa Quemada.

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3. CERRO SAN CRISTOBAL

It's usually difficult to see this hill from the city due to the high level of pollution. The walk (or jog) up is a good sweat and offers a great view on Santiago. It is also possible to reach the top by bike or cableway.

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4. HUASO ENRIQUE

Cueca is a traditional dance in Chile. It is still taught in most schools, especially during the month of September since national day falls on the 18th. Bring a scarf if you are brave enough to hit the stage!

5. GLACIAR EL MORADO

Leave Santiago early with a cold lunch and lots of water. It will take about 1h30  to get to the starting point by public transport and van. Then, it's a 3 hour walk to the glacier and a 2 hour walk back down. Only the first part is steep, the rest is pure pleasure!

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6. VALPARAISO

Easy to reach from the capital, it is the second biggest city in Chile. The harbor area is dirty and unsafe. Tourists travel to Valpo for its hills filled with colorful houses that the working class once painted with stolen paints, to protect their homes from the rain.

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