- Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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A hilltop park on the eastern edge of downtown Santiago, Santa Lucía Hill (Cerro Santa Lucía) draws visitors with its panoramic views. To reach the top of Santa Lucía Hill on foot from the park's main entrance near the Santa Lucía metro stop, you'll need to follow a long narrow path punctuated by high stone steps. Though the hike can be arduous (especially on a hot summer day), recent travelers remark that it's well worth the climb not only for incredible photo-ops, but also for the pleasant ambiance — complete with a fountain and terrace. For the best views, take one of the two staircases to the Caupolicán Plaza. "You must allow a few hours to wander slowly around Cerro Santa Lucía. The views are impressive and it is such a quiet and peaceful place to be," one TripAdvisor user insisted.
Or, if you're not up for the trek, you can opt to take an elevator located at the intersection of St Lucía and Agustinas streets, just a couple blocks from the park's main entrance.
From March to September, Santa Lucía Hill welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park stays open an extra hour from October through February. Entry to the park is free; however, you'll need to sign a registry before entering at the intersection of St. Lucía Street and Alameda Avenue. The easiest way to reach the park is to take the metro to the Santa Lucía stop, which is directly below the park entrance. Keep in mind that the area is known for attracting thieves after sundown, so pay extra attention to your surroundings.
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