Cerro San Cristóbal
Statue of the Virgin Mary © Craton
Cerro San Cristóbal is a 2,752-foot (860m) hill rising above central Santiago which, on a clear day, affords magnificent views of the surrounding city, all the way across to the Andes.
The easiest way to the top is by funicular, but there is also a teleférico (cable car), bus or hiking path leading up from the bottom through the forested slopes. There are many walkways and at the summit is the 70-foot (22m) high statue of the Virgin Mary to mark where the Pope held a mass in 1987.
There is also a zoo on the lower slopes, and picnic sites and two outdoor swimming pools spread throughout the park. The hill is situated within Santiago's biggest open space, the Parque Metropolitano, and is a peaceful and beautiful area; it makes for a good escape from the noise of traffic in the city below and busy urban sightseeing. The park area demands a few hours to enjoy properly and on a sunny day the swimming pools are a delight.
Address: Calle Pedro de Valdivia or Calle Pio Nono