It may be an unusual tourist attraction, but this cemetery in the northern part of the city reveals a lot about traditional Chilean society. Through the lofty stone arches of the main entrance are well-tended paths lined with marble mausoleums and squat mansions belonging to Chile's wealthy families. The eight- or ten-story "niches"—concrete shelves housing thousands of coffins—resemble middle-class apartment buildings. Their inhabitants lie here until the rent runs
out and they are evicted. Look for former President Salvador Allende's final resting spot; a map at the main entrance to the cemetery can help you find it. Ninety-minute Historic Heritage Tours in Spanish run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 am and 3 pm. General tours are on Monday and Friday (by prior arrangement) and last 90 minutes. Three different 75-minute night tours are available at 8 pm for kids and adults. All tours require reservations and cost 2,500 pesos.
Nov 17, 2003