Cerro San Cristóbal
Statue of the Virgin Mary © Craton
Cerro San Cristóbal is a 2,752-foot (860m) hill jutting out of Santiago city and on a clear day it affords magnificent views of the surroundings, 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 a 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 small zoo, picnic sites and an outdoor swimming pool. The cerro is situated within Santiago's biggest open space, 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.
Address: Calle Pedro de Valdivia or Calle Pio Nono
Telephone: (0)2 730 1300
Transport: Metro to Pedro de Valdivia or Baquedano
Opening times: Park: Daily 8:30am-9pm. Zoo: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Funicular: Monday 1pm-9pm; Tuesday to Sunday 10am-9pm.
Admission: Zoo: CLP 3,000. Funicular round trip: CLP 2,000. Concessions available.