The venue of the Conference is close to important tourist, cultural and gastronomic points of Santiago. Attendees can move walking to many of these, in the center of the city and is usually safe to do so, taking the usual care of a big city.
Some places we would like to recommend are:
Barrio Lastarria / Barrio Bellas Artes
Central House Campus of Pontificia Universidad Católica is placed right in front of a very traditional neighborhood, popular for its dynamic cultural and gastronomic life. Highlights include the building of Gabriela Mistral Center for the Arts which concentrates a wide agenda of theater, dance, music and arts. At its side, the street José Victorino Lastarria gives its name to the neighborhood.
To the north, this street ends at Merced street. Then, 2 blocks west is the street José Miguel de la Barra. On one side of this corner, the Santa Lucia Hill, site of the foundation of Santiago, and at the right, the Barrio Bellas Artes and Parque Forestal. In addition to restaurants and cafes, there is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and behind this, the Museum of Contemporary Art.
This is also an important gastronomic and cultural center, running 7 days a week.
In addition to several restaurants and bars, one of the places that might be of interest it is one of 3 houses-museums of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, called “La Chascona”
Also nearby, it is possible to walk to the House of Government of Chile, “La Moneda”. Government House can be visited every day, after coordination to the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right under the Government House is the Cultural Center La Moneda, with interesting cultural events, exhibitions, Chilean cinema, etc.
From that point, to the north, by Morande Street it is the historic center of Santiago. One of its landmarks is the Plaza de Armas of Santiago. In the main square is the Cathedral of Santiago, the National Historical Museum, and the historical building of Correos de Chile.
In Plaza de Armas also you would find a tourist information point that could be useful to discover other places.
Other sites in the city
A little farther away from the center of Santiago, but with very easy access, it is the Barrio Yungay / Matucana. Opposite the Parque Quinta Normal – which is easily reached by subway – is the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, which is a space to give visibility to the violations of human rights committed by the Chilean State, during the dictatorship that took place between 1973 and 1990.
The neighborhood also is a thriving cultural (and multicultural) pole in Santiago. It has a rich gastronomic and tourist offer.
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