Set against the picturesque San Cristóbal Hill, the Recoleta commune is a beautiful area in the city of Santiago, Chile
. Choose from several historic sights, beautiful city parks, and interesting architecture when you explore this area. Relax in one of our Recoleta vacation rentals for a most comfortable stay in Santiago.
Where is the Recoleta Commune?
Located northeast of downtown Santiago, the Recoleta commune is south of the Heucharuba neighborhood, and directly west of San Cristobal Hill. The Mapocho River and Santiago center border the southern edge of the Recoleta commune, making it a central place to stay. With downtown Santiago only three miles away, this area is perfectly situated near amenities and all the best Santiago attractions.
The Recoleta area was formerly known as "La Chimba" neighborhood, which means "terrain across the river" in Quechua. The overall area comprises several smaller neighborhoods, including Patronato, Bellavista, and Mercado de la Vega Central.
Things to Do in Recoleta
This thriving area offers several cultural sights and fun activities to explore. Recoleta was the gateway of the conquistadors and features a rich history about how Santiago began as a city.
For an amazing view of the city, head to the Providencia neighborhood
and hop on the cable car that goes all the way up San Cristóbal Hill. You'll have unparalleled views on the way, along with the famous Virgin Statue at the top of the hill to admire. Before you leave your vacation rental, pack a picnic to enjoy up there!
The Recoleta neighborhood also features quaint hillside houses and some historic former residents. Visit the home of Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, in the Bellavista neighborhood at the bottom of the hill. This home, built in 1953, was a romantic getaway for Neruda and his soon-to-be wife.
Further north in the Recoleta commune, the General Cemetery features more than 200 acres of amazing mausoleums and tombs. Surrounded by scenic gardens, sculptures, and trees, this cemetery is also the final resting place for several Chilean presidents and many famous leaders and poets.
The Metropolitan Park of Santiago
As one of the most popular attractions in Santiago, the Metropolitan Park runs along the eastern border of the Recoleta commune. It's the fourth-largest urban park in the world and the second-highest point in the city. From bike rides to long walks, there are plenty of trails to explore this lush landscape!
Bring some food to enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful picnic areas, then take a stroll through the picturesque gardens or visit one of the scenic viewpoints. There are also swimming pools, an educational forest, and event centers with lots of local activities year-round. Plus, the national zoo is near the park for a fun family-friendly outing!
Plan your Santiago getaway
and stay one of our wonderful Recoleta vacation rentals for a truly amazing trip!
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