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  • Address: Avenida Alberto MacKenna, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Admission: Free

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San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

The Santiago skyline is dominated by San Cristobal Hill - or Cerro San Cristobal, a forest-carpeted mountain rising from the city, protected as the Parque Metropolitano, or city park. It was once called Tapahue, after the indigenous headdress it resembles, and developed into a public greenspace at the beginning of the 20th century, after the astronomical observatory was constructed atop.

Today, the park serves as a scenic escape above the smog that can choke Santiago on winter days, and offers fantastic views across this city of 6.5 million to the Andes. Walking trails, picnic spots, and an amphitheater are all dwarfed by the 22-meter (72-foot) statue of the Virgin Mary, erected here in the 1930s.

The park extends into the cerro's skirts, and also encompasses the National Zoo and two pretty public pools, both excellent options for families. 

Practical Info

While you can certainly climb the 860-meter (2,821-foot) San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal) yourself, or perhaps hire a car or take a taxi, there are 2 other options worth considering.

From the Pío Nono entrance to the park, you can take the Funicular, a steeply pitched railway with wonderful views. If you're closer to the Pedro de Valdivia Norte entrance, the slightly less expensive cable car sails through the air up toward the peak. Both stop at the swimming pools and National Zoo.

While the park itself is free, note that there are surcharges for just about everything else, including stiff parking fees and separate admission costs to the pools, zoo, and amphitheater. It's still worth it.

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Santiago Stopover City Tour, Santiago, null
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

There is so much to discover in Santiago, so take advantage of your time instead of sitting around and waiting! On this sightseeing tour we will take you to ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: Flexible

From USD $112.00
Private Santiago City Experience: Walking Tour, Market Visit, Lunch and Coffee, Santiago, City Tours
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Private Santiago City Experience: Walking Tour, Market Visit, Lunch and Coffee

Enjoy a different private city tour of Santiago as you explore and visit the main cultural and tourist attractions by metro and bus. You will also taste coffee ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Private Santiago City Half Day Tour, Santiago, City Tours
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

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Enjoy this 4-hour tour of Chile's capital. Santiago is a dynamic, modern city where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, where folk art becomes ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch, Santiago, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch

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Watch vendors holler and shoppers bargain in the bustling markets of Mercado Central and La Vega during this 4-hour food-and-market walking tour of Santiago. ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
City Tour and Shopping Tour of Santiago, Santiago, Food Tours
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City Tour and Shopping Tour of Santiago

Join this classic mix of 2 major tours of Santiago: The City Tour and Shopping Tour of Santiago will guarantee you a great day!

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour, Santiago, Full-day Tours
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Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour

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See the history, culture, sights and sounds of Santiago on this 3-hour tour!

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Santiago Panoramic Bike Tour, Santiago, Half-day Tours
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Santiago Panoramic Bike Tour

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Explore Santiago's main parks and landmarks by mountain bike. This tour will take you through the cycle paths and park paths of Vitacura, Providencia and ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
San Cristobal Hill Bike Tour, Santiago, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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San Cristobal Hill Bike Tour

Get some fresh air and see Santiago and its number one attraction, San Cristobal Hill, on a mountain bike. Follow the route to outlooks with spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show, Santiago, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

Enjoy the nighttime views of Santiago from on-high, among the most principal viewpoints of the city, including San Cristobal Hill. Enjoy traditional Chilean ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.32
Santiago City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour by Night Including Dinner, Santiago, Night Tours
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Santiago City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour by Night Including Dinner

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Combine evening sightseeing with a 3-course dinner during this night out in Santiago. Start your evening with a tour through some of the city’s most popular ...  Read more

Location: Santiago, Chile
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99

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