A diverse number of activities can be done both outside and inside the theatres, bars, and restaurants lining the streets and areas surrounding Barrio Bellas Artes and Barrio Lastarria.
One can visit el Parque Forestal, where every weekend one can see families and groups of friends doing sports and enjoying outdoor entertainment or simply each other’s company, especially during the summer.
The Museo de Bellas Artes y de Arte Contemporáneo is located in the center of the Parque Forestal, and it is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. People can enjoy the art on display there almost any day of the week.
Next to the museum is the Anfiteatro Bellas Artes “viajeinmovil”, which is the first puppet theatre to be constructed in Chile. The neighborhood is filled with restaurants, cafés, apparel and furniture stores, and bookshops, amongst others.
The Cerro Santa Lucía, a small hill characterized by its terraces, gardens, and winding paths that lead to spots from which one can look out over the city, is of considerable renown in Santiago, because it combines beautiful views with architectural and artistic constructions that tell a part of the city’s story.
Directly across from this area, on the other side of the Pío Nono bridge, one can find the Barrio Bellavista. Originally, it was an area reserved soley for aristocrats and devout catholics. It’s unique architecture makes it a kind of outdoor museum. Walking up and down its streets, speaking with the people that live there, and enjoying the food available there turn it into a little village hidden inside a big city. Nowawdays, what sets this neighborhood apart is a high level of cultural activity and a restless nightlife, both of which make it extremely attractive to tourists.