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San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)
San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

Avenida Alberto MacKenna, Santiago

The Basics

The hill's walking trails, picnic spots, and amphitheater are all dwarfed by the 72-foot (22-meter) Virgin Mary (Virgen de la Inmaculada) statue, erected in the 1930s on the highest point in the park (Pope John Paul II hosted mass here in 1984). Most guided tours of Santiago visit San Cristobal Hill, with some mountain bike tours offering a fun and popular way to get to the top. Alternatively, take a ride on San Cristobal's funicular, a steeply pitched railway starting at the PÌo Nono park entrance, or the slightly less expensive cable car, located at the Pedro de Valdivia Norte entrance. Both the funicular and the cable car make stops at the swimming pools and Chilean National Zoo on the way to the top.

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Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
$159.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A MOST ENJOYABLE TOUR
Our tour guide, Jan, is a native of the United States, as are we, so we had a wonderful time conversing with her. She is very knowledgeable about the area. We especially liked the cable car ride up San Cristobal Hill and the trip to Santa Lucia Hill for Panoramic views of the area.
DALE_H, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Santiago

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Great First Tour of Santiago
Carolyn, Mar 2020
Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal
Perfect first tour to get a lay of the land and major attractions. Our guide was very informative on current events and history of Chile. We had a wonderful half day tour with her and the driver. They were attentive and thoughtful on where they took us.
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Lovely tour
Collin, Mar 2020
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
Excellent tour had a lovely time! Knowledgeable guide and good pace! Great way to see Santiago, better than the hop on and off bus by a long shot.
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Santiago neighborhood tour
gildavliempt, Oct 2019
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
We were picked up by our tourguide Sean on time to start our tour. We drove around town and at every point of interest we were given a extended explanation. We had enough time to make stops and take pictures. Sean even went out of his way to show us the university where our son is studying. Thank you for a great tour Sean.
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Great tour
Deb D, Jun 2019
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
This tour was fabulous. Saw so much, so many different areas of Santiago. Had so many questions about the lifestyle, public systems etc. All answered. Cable car ride was terrific. The views were wonderful. Gen was a fabulous guide. Highly recommend this tour
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Ricardo was a great Guy: show us...
deluca00, Feb 2018
Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show
Ricardo was a great Guy: show us everything, always wih a smile, and answered all of our questions.
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Great tour with Jenni and Patricio...
Cynthia M, Mar 2018
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
Great tour with Jenni and Patricio. They were flexible with our varied ability levels. Good equipment, knowledgeable guides and beautiful views! Highly recommended as a must tour in Santiago!
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Magical Evening
Victoria B, Oct 2019
Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show
This was an excellent tour of the city, with special focus on Cerro San Cristobal. The tour guides gave a personalized and informative tour and were very conscious about timing our visit to the centerpiece of the city so that we climbed the hill at sunset. They drove us up most of the way and then we walked from there up to the glorious statue of Mary and magnificent views of the city at sunset with the snow-topped mountains in a pink haze and the Costanera building as a gleaming spire. They gave us a wonderful and fascinating overview of the main city sites as we drove to our restaurant, “Bali Hai”, where we had a folkloric dance performance from different areas of Chile, as well as a delicious meal. All in all, it was the perfect preview of Chile and the guides were very knowledgeable.
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The guides were friendly and went out...
Sinclair M, Oct 2016
Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show
The guides were friendly and went out of their way to assist us.
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Great Day
Barjay, Jan 2019
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
This was the best tour that we had. Jan, our guide, is an ex-pat, and she showed us all the sites. Besides, she gave us an American's view of life in Santiago. She told us about the services offered and also, the downsides. If you go, ask for Jan, she is a delight!
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Fabulous Tour of Santiago
Coastal29438, Mar 2019
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
Unbelievable value for money. Our guide Gen was great in all respects. Attentive to our needs, knowledge, driving etc. A first class tour and highly recommended for a first time visitor to Santiago.
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This was a great tour! Jenni was a...
Jacqueline J, Feb 2017
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
This was a great tour! Jenni was a knowledgable guide and she really customized the tour for me. I loved taking the cable car to the top of San Cristobal Hill, enjoyed riding around the park and the city, and learned a lot about the city from Jenni. It was a lovely tour! We ended up clocking 18.5 miles, and it was totally custom to my comfort, fitness level, and what I wanted to see in the city/park. Well done, Jenni!
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Excellent bike tour and relaxed cable...
Joji Y, Feb 2017
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
Excellent bike tour and relaxed cable car ride up offering the best views of the city! I took this tour together with my family from Japan during their visit in Santiago. Of all the tours I saw on Viator and TripAdvisor, this seemed like the most entertaining and personalized. Our guide was knowledgeable and gave us useful information about the city and what places to visit after the tour. The bike ride down was definitely unforgettable where we could see great views of both sizes of the city. The bikes and the gear seemed to be really well maintained. Thank you Huaso Tours for this great experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The park itself is free, but there are parking fees and separate admission costs for the pools, the Chilean National Zoo, and the amphitheater.

  • Choose a tour that combines a day of shopping, sightseeing, or wine tasting with a visit to San Cristobal Hill.

  • Half-day sightseeing tours last about three to four hours, while full-day options are about eight hours long.

  • The Mirador Terraza Bellavista viewpoint, near the top of the funicular, hosts a snack shop and some souvenir stands.

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How to Get There

San Cristobal Hill is located about 5 miles (8.3 km) from central Santiago and the Plaza de Armas.

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When to Get There

The park is open daily, with the funicular running Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 7pm and on Monday from 2 to 7pm. Each attraction within the park as its own opening hours.

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Things to Do With Kids in Santiago

San Cristobal Hill is a great destination for both local and traveling families in Santiago. Other popular family-friendly sites include the Chilean National Zoo (set halfway up San Cristobal), the city's two swimming pools (Piscina Tupahue and Piscina Antilén), and the Plaza de Juegos Infantiles Gabriela Mistral, a playground with an interactive fountain.

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