San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal) Tours

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The Santiago skyline is dominated by San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), a forested mountain rising 2,821 feet (860 meters) above the city. The site is protected as part of the Santiago Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano), one of the most famous city parks in Chile, and was developed into a public green space at the start of the 20th century, after the astronomical observatory was constructed on top of the hill. Today, the park serves as a scenic escape above the smog that can grip Santiago on winter days, and offers fantastic views across this city of 6.5 million to the Andes Mountains.

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.
  • 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.

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

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.

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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Address: Avenida Alberto MacKenna, Santiago, Chile
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

Explore Santiago on a 4-hour private vehicle tour that introduces you to some of the city's main sights. Pass by a variety of landmarks, see colonial architecture, and visit Mercado Central. When booking, you have the option to select a morning or afternoon departure time, plus choose to visit either Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia), San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), or both.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch

Bring an empty stomach and an open mind for this 4-hour food walking tour and get ready to eat your way around Santiago! Immerse yourself in local life as you browse the Mercado Central and La Vega markets, stroll around the lively Plaza de Armas and ride the cable car to the top of San Cristóbal Hill. Stop to refuel along the way with tastings of local favorites like ‘humitas’ and seafood empanadas, sip a classic pisco sour, then tuck into a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant in Bellevista.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show

Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour private excursion combining nighttime sightseeing, dinner, and ‘Cueca’ dance performance. See the illuminated Chilean capital from the top of San Cristobal Hill, explore the city center after dark, and then dig into a tasty meal at accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘La Cueca.’
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Night City Tour: San Cristobal Hill and Dinner Show

Experience Santiago after dark during this 4-hour small-group excursion combining nighttime sightseeing, dinner, and ‘Cueca’ dance performance. See the illuminated Chilean capital from the top of San Cristobal Hill, explore the city center after dark, and then dig into a tasty meal at a restaurant accompanied by a performance of Chilean-style ‘Cueca.’
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Panoramic Santiago Bike Tour

See a different side to Santiago as you glide around the city’s parks and green spaces on a 3-hour bike tour. Hop on your mountain bike and follow your guide around the beautiful Bicentennial Park, take in the views from San Cristobal Hill and pedal around the Bellavista district. Keep your camera to hand as you stop at landmarks like Plaza Italia, Parque de las Esculturas and La Casa Chascona along the way.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

When you’re in between flights at Santiago International Airport (SCL), spend your time discovering the Chilean capital instead of waiting around at the airport. See a fascinating mix of ancient and modern while sightseeing with a knowledgeable personal guide. You’ll view the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda, the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Cerro San Cristobal and more during 3.5 hours of sightseeing. This private layover tour includes airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour

Learn about the cultural history of Santiago on this 3-hour city sightseeing tour, led by an informative local guide. See the main attractions of the Chilean capital, including the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda and the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, and view the city from above at Cerro San Cristobal. Hear live commentary on board, with round-trip hotel transport provided.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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City Tour and Shopping Tour of Santiago

Combine two classic Santiago tours into one jam-packed day on this small-group tour, including hotel pick-up. Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Santiago on a City Tour and visit landmarks like the Government Palace and Santiago Cathedral; take in the views from Saint Cristobal Hill (optional) and sip a traditional Pisco Sour cocktail in the city’s financial district. After lunch (own expense), follow your guide to some of Santiago’s most exclusive shopping destinations, including the Alonso de Córdova quarter, the Alto Las Condes Mall and the Parque Arauco Shopping Center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Santiago City Experience: Walking Tour, Market Visit, Lunch and Coffee

Experience Santiago like a local on this private 7-hour tour, including hotel pick-up, and enjoy the flexibility of a fully customisable itinerary. Follow your guide on a walking tour of downtown Santiago; ride the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal; and tuck into a typical Chilean lunch (included) at the Central Market. Get the inside scoop on Santiago’s best shops, museums and street foods as you explore the city’s colorful neighborhoods, and stop by local haunts like Cafe con Piernas and La Piojera.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private San Cristobal Hill Mountain Bike Tour

Mountain biking to San Cristobal Hill gets you on back roads and narrow tracks with amazing views across Santiago. You’ll ride from a central location in Santiago with an expert biking guide, hop a cable car to a series of mountain bike trails that border San Cristobal Hill, then make an exciting 6-mile (10-km.) descent to Bicentennial Park and the Mapocho River. This private tour is Ideal for people who are comfortable on a mountain bike.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Santiago City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour by Night Including Dinner

Experience the sublime sights and incredible cuisine of Chile’s captivating capital on an evening sightseeing tour with dinner. Visit some of Santiago’s most bohemian and beautiful neighborhoods as you tour its historical highlights with a knowledgeable guide. Absorb arresting views of the sparkling city by night from the top of San Cristobal Hill; see the palatial La Mondea bathed in the ambient light of evening; and feast upon a gastronomical selection of local specialties at the refined Borde Rio restaurant complex. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just six people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive 3.5-hour private guided tour of the city. Visit legendary landmarks and impressive monuments in stylish transportation with a knowledgeable guide, discovering the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and the neoclassical splendor of Moneda Palace. Choose between either a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

Gain a sense of all Santiago has to offer on this 5-hour guided tour. Learn about the military coup at la Moneda, see the catch of the day at the central fish market, tour the Fine Arts Museum, and ride a cable car to San Cristobal Hill. Further highlights include the colorful Bellavista neighborhood, colonial buildings in the historic center, and legendary bar La Piojera.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago

Enjoy a performance by ‘Voces de América’ (America’s Voices) and the ‘Thiare’ ballet during this 3.5-hour combination dinner and a show experience in Santiago. Dig into an included three-course dinner of international fare as you enjoy an extravaganza of typical dances from Chile’s northern, central, and southern regions, plus Easter Island.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Chilean Show with Dinner and Private Transportation in Santiago

Enjoy a performance by ‘Voces de América’ (America’s Voices) and the ‘Thiare’ ballet during this 4-hour dinner and a show experience with private transport. Dig into an included three-course dinner of international fare as you enjoy an extravaganza of typical dances from Chile’s northern, central, and southern regions, plus Easter Island.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Night City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill and Dinner Show

Enjoy a night out in Santiago on this 4-hour experience that includes city sights, dinner, and a show. You'll enjoy a meal of Chilean cuisine and be entertained by a folklore performance featuring Chilean dancing or traditions from Easter Island. When booking, you have the option to include drop-off at the end of the night or not.
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Private Santiago 3-Hour Walking Tour

See historic and modern sides of Santiago on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour. Visit impressive monuments and colonial buildings like the Plaza de Armas, the Mapuche Monument, Post Office, City Hall, and Cathedral. Learn about Chile’s military coup as you visit La Moneda, the government palace. Further highlights include the commercial city center, the fish market, and the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private San Cristobal Hill Bike Tour

Enjoy panoramic views over Santiago on this 3-hour private bike tour to San Cristobel Hill. Hop on a mountain bike and challenge yourself to reach the 860-meter summit, then enjoy a thrilling descent as you whizz back down to the bottom. Don’t forget to take in the views when you’re at the top – you can see the entire city from the Mirador Terraza Bellavista viewpoint.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

Immerse yourself in Chile’s colorful and captivating culture by booking two popular tours together: see some of Santiago’s most spectacular sights during a comprehensive sightseeing tour, then discover two incredible towns situated upon Chile’s curvaceous coastline. Stroll through ambient plazas and marvel at the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s legendary landmarks on the sightseeing tour, visiting the impressive Governor’s Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Wander the serpentine streets of Valparaiso to discover vibrant murals and architectural eccentricities and stop by the white sand beaches of the gorgeous ‘garden city’ of Vina del Mar. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

See the best of Santiago on this 10-hour sightseeing tour that introduces you to different neighborhoods, landmarks, and characteristics. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—go to the top of the tallest building in Latin America, and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included. Select your preferred winery to visit when booking.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing and Concha y Toro Winery Tour

Enjoy the verdant vineyards of Concha y Toro and explore the stunning sights of Santiago with a super saver full-day sightseeing and winery tour. Admire the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s astounding architecture and admire the vibrant street art of bohemian Bellavista. Capture spectacular city views from the summit of San Cristobal hill, the venture to the lush greenery of Concha y Toro to pleasure your palate with refined wines. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Santiago City Tour and Concha y Toro Winery

Enjoy wine-fuelled sightseeing in the Chilean capital on this 8-hour tour of Santiago, including hotel pick-up. Make the most of a flexible itinerary customizable to your interests, as you take in Santiago landmarks like the Government Palace, Santiago Cathedral and the National Historical Museum. Admire the views from Saint Cristobal Hill (optional), browse the stalls at the Central Market and indulge in a traditional Pisco Sour cocktail in the city’s financial district. After lunch (own expense), head out of the city for a tour and tasting at the legendary Concha y Toro vineyards. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Classic Tour of Santiago de Chile: Visit a winery, Viña & Valparaiso

Experience Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso with this 4-day guided excursion. After a convenient airport pickup, visit popular destinations like Santa Lucia Hill, Metropolitan Cathedral, and La Moneda. Sample Chile’s renowned wine, learn about Santiago’s rich culture and history from an informative local guide, and spend the day strolling through the coastal streets of Valparaiso. Enjoy three nights of accommodations and breakfasts included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 4 days
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