Night Tour through the General Cemetery: an experience full of terror
By: Gabriela Salina - 25 October, 2022
People buried alive, sculptures you will see in your worst nightmares and death (literally) around every corner. The Santiago General Cemetery is a heritage site with extremely important historical value and the right place for those who like mystery and terror.
Considered an open-air museum built more than 200 years ago, this cemetery houses the graves of more than 2,000,000 deceased, including presidents, poets, singers, and important actors in the history of Chile. It also hides terrifying stories which are part of popular culture in our country.
The Santiago General Cemetery has three night tours where you can tour this cemetery in complete darkness, while you learn the most frightening stories about some of the residents of this pantheon, the spooky symbols and statues that watch every move you make.
Promising to be “a tour full of adrenaline” this night tour of Santiago General Cemetery tells – in the middle of the graves and the darkness of the night – shocking events that, according to what is said, happened inside this pantheon. Its protagonists are, to be precise, the residents who do not always rest in peace.
We do not want to give away a lot of spoilers, so we will only tell you that you will learn the unfortunate and sad stories of some of the characters buried in the 84 hectares that make up this cemetery, some of them with deaths worthy of nightmares, torture, or gore movies. Don’t be surprised if you hear whispers along the way. They are the souls in sorrow who cry for their fate…
Mysteries and sculptures
They say that in the Santiago General Cemetery you are always being watched and not exactly by security cameras. There are many hands coming out of the ground, faceless people and angels of death that live in this place and all the sculptures have a story of death behind them.
This night tour focuses on the importance of art in mourning without losing the terrifying side of it, along with legends that go with some of these statues, which, according to what they say, are more alive than dead.
Symbols of death
Death is present in all cemeteries and the Santiago General Cemetery is no exception. Among the thousands and thousands of graves you can find different symbols, some of them hidden, related to civilizations, religions, and beliefs.
This tour, along with telling the stories behind the strangest and most terrifying figures that decorate the graves, allows visitors to reflect and imagine what the chosen symbols mean, as well as try to find new icons hidden in each grave.
What you need to know
The first rule of night tours in the Santiago General Cemetery is that you do not speak about the night tours in the Santiago General Cemetery. Well, it is not a rule, but it might as well be. In order to not spoil the surprise for future visitors, taking pictures during the tour is not allowed. We recommend you turn your cellphone off or put it on silent mode so you can enjoy the experience to the fullest.
The tour is done on foot and lasts 90 minutes. We meet at 8:00 p.m. to start at 8:15 p.m. Once the tour has begun, no more people will be accepted.
The tours have an age limit, with people from 12 to 17 years old being able to participate as long as they are with an adult. Meanwhile, entry for girls and boys 11 years old or younger is not allowed.
Tickets can be purchased on the official tour.cementeriogeneral.cl site and the price is CLP 7,000.