The Bellavista neighborhood is one of Santiago’s cultural centers. Here you will be able to find the Metropolitan Park with the zoo, the funicular and its wonderful views; la Chascona, the museum-house of Pablo Neruda; an important variety of theatres, cafes, restaurants and pubs; and a significant number of shops which sell items which are based around the Lapislázuli, the semi-precious blue stone which is only extracted in Chile and Afghanistan.
The Metropolitan Park with its 722 hectares is the largest urban park in Chile. The San Cristobal hill which forms part of the park has its highest point at 860 meters above sea level, which makes it the best point for viewing Santiago’s remarkable extension.