From the Presidential Palace of La Moneda, where Salvador Allende attempted to save the Republic of Chile by a military coup in 1973, to the houses of Pablo Neruda, la Chascona, and Isla Negra, where his poetry still resonates, Santiago is a melting pot of 20th-century history. Discover the new look of the Chilean capital in the barrio Bellavista or the barrio Italia, which are full of trendy bars, art galleries, art deco houses, and murals. When you're tired, sample some Chilean cuisine and the mandatory Pisco Sour: lemon, sugar, egg white, Amargo Chuncho Bitters, ice and Pisco, a South American brandy.
Not to be missed:
• La Moneda Palace
• Isla Negra
• Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos