St. Christopher Hill#3 in Best Things To Do in Santiago
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St. Christopher Hill (Cerro San Cristóbal) stands nearly 3,000 feet above the rest of Metropolitan Park, a large swath of green space in Bellavista. The hill's height affords spectacular views to those who visit the summit. To reach the top of the hill, you'll need to hop on the funicular located on the north end of Pío Nono Street, which flanks the eastern side of Metropolitan Park. Or, if you're up for the challenge, you can strap on some hiking shoes and make the roughly one-hour climb up the hill from the base at Plaza Caupolicán, which is just off of the Baquedano stop on metro Lines 1 and 5.
Regardless of whether you decide to make the journey to the top of the hill on foot or by funicular, you'll be rewarded with iconic photo-ops of the city below, as well as unrivaled vistas of the statue of the Virgin Mary at the summit. "The view is beautiful with most of Santiago spread out before you. Just hope for a clear day with less smog," explained one TripAdvisor user.
Visitors are welcome to visit Metropolitan Park from 1 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. If you do choose to ride the funicular, keep in mind that the last trip down the hill leaves at 6:45 p.m. A round-trip funicular ride costs 2,000 CLP (about $3.50 USD) for adults and 1,500 CLP (approximately $2.75 USD) for children between ages 3 and 13. For further details, check out the Metropolitan Park website (written in Spanish).
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