Santiago’s cemeteries are abundant with Gothic architecture and mausoleums belonging to significant Chilean figures. Experience the unique atmosphere of Santiago’s old cemeteries on a 5-hour walking tour that covers the Santiago General Cemetery, home to more than 2 million headstones. See, too, the Cemetery of the Holy Sepulcher, where grand graves measure the social and economic status of families, and sample a classic Chilean cocktail and snack at a local bar.
Your tour begins at the exit of the Cemetery subway station on Recoleta Street. Here, you’ll greet your guide and begin your tour of Santiago’s oldest and largest cemetery — Santiago General Cemetery. Established in 1820, the graveyard houses more than two million cadavers and is home to all but two of Chile’s former presidents.
As you stroll through rows of elaborate headstones, you’ll be struck by the juxtaposition of graves belonging to rich and poor: flowers and votive candles decorate the humble graves of the lower class, while mausoleums resembling iconic European landmarks mark the resting place of the social elite.
Your guide directs your attention to graves belonging to significant Chilean figures, including the artist Violet Vine and the musician Eduardo Alquinta, before leading you to the Cemetery of the Holy Sepulcher.
Then, you’ll conclude your tour at the famous bar, Quitapenas, with snacks and the classic Chilean cocktail, terremoto (earthquake).