Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago

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    Santiago Sunday

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    Of course it doesn't have to be a Sunday for you to spend some time on Santiago's Cerro San Cristobal and the huge surrounding Parque Metropolitana, but make your way there on a Sunday and you'll see a great cross-section of Santiagans making the most of all this mountainside park has to offer.

    A huge white statue of the Virgin Mary casts a benign grace over the whole city from the summit of the cerro and there can't be many who make their way up the mountain who don't climb the steps at the statue's base, some just to take in the spectacular views, others to light a candle at the small chapel there.

    Lycra-clad cyclists mingle with Sunday-best-dressed families and tourists on the wide Terrazza Bellavista while, just below the statue, the stepped seats of the Santuario Immaculada Concepcion spread out in a wide amphitheatre where a mass may well be being conducted. If walking or cycling up the mountainside seems too energetic, a funicular makes a vertiginous 485 metre ascent from the base of the mountain at Plaza Caupolican in Barrio Bellavista.

    Those with a head for heights can take the teleferico for a dizzying 2 kilometre-long slow swoop over the park and down the other side of the cerro. From there you can walk back across the river and down Av Pedro de Valdivia into Barrio Providencia by which time a long Sunday lunch could well be just the ticket. Two stops north on the metro from Pedro de Valdivia to Tobalaba will take you to El Bosque Norte and Isadora Goyenechea which are lined with any number of upmarket restaurants where an al fresco lunch may set the budget back a bit but it will do it with some style.

    At the top Sunday cyclists Sanctus Up.... ... and down
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  • Santiago Panorama

    by Virginia09 Written Jun 5, 2007

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    Cerro San Cristobal (part of the Parque Metropolitano) is THE place if you want to see a really nice panorama of Santiango.
    On top of Cerro San Cristobal you can see the 14m-high statue of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion. To see her close up and reach the top of the hill, you simply take the "teleferico", an aerial tramway, which takes you all the way up. And a few steps later you feel like you are on top of the world.
    I recommend to visit the Cerro San Cristobal shortly before the sun goes down. That way you can take a panorama by day and at night. Don't forget to bring your stative and a sweater, though. It gets pretty chilly up there when the sun is down.
    And of course and as usual, don't walk around there all alone after dusk.

    Panorama de Santiago Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion

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  • Funicular!

    by Seanholio Written Sep 6, 2006

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    For some reason, I am a fan of funiculars. Taking the funicular to the top of Cerro san Cristobal was a great treat for me. The trip was very inexpensive, comfortable, and offers a stop at the local zoo, which I did not visit.

    The views from the top are incredible. Make yourself comfortable, enjoy a treat from a local vendor, and watch all the bicyclists huff and puff their way to the top. Visit the statue of Mary, at the top, and pay your respects before taking a trip back down on the funicular.

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    Cerro San Cristobal

    by kiwigal_1 Updated Aug 26, 2006

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    You can't miss the Cerro San Cristobal as it sits with the Virgin on top overlooking the city of Santiago. It is a popular place to walk, run or ride a bike in the weekends - especially weekends after rain when the smog clears. There is a swimming pool on the hill which is popular during summer. The zoo is also on the hill but I have heard that it is not particularly pleasant. There is access to drive to the top of the hill or you can take the teleferico up there or walk.

    Mum Dad, brother - Cameron and I Cerro San Cristobal Santiago in winter from Cerro San Cristobal Smoggy Santiago! View of Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal
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    Cerro with the misleading name San Cristobal

    by Assenczo Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Cerro San Cristobal is THE PLACE to visit on a nice day, especially when you are based in Providencia. The cable car starting point is within walking distance. On the way one gets the impression of what houses the rich and famous live in and once in the little “flying cabin” the communities, of the haves and have-nots can be observed simultaneously separated by a thin mountain ridge only. It is a thrill. Once on the top, one receives the chance to realise what this Corvocado-wanna-be structure is. From far below the ignorant might think it is another Christ or mislead by the name suppose it is Columbus himself. No, it is Madre del Dios and it is impossible to have a good look at her because of the all-important GSM antennas and other secret facilities cordoning off themselves and her in the process. What a pity!

    Santiago is in my knees

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    The best view on the city!

    by tommix Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    You cannot miss St. Christopher's Hill (Cerro San Cristobal). Almost 15-meters high Virgin Mary white statue atop of it can be seen from almost everywhere - especially during the night, when statue is perfectly illuminated. The hill is a part of Parque Metropolitano, a huge municipal park which was conceived and still is considered as a green lung of Santiago. You can climb it by foot, you can arrive on the top with your car, but the best, the most spectacular way, is to take either the cable car or funicular.
    The summit of the Cerro is 860 meters above sea level, and almost 300 meters above the rest of the city. That’s why it is the most recommended place to see the full view of Santiago. And during a clear day it's also possible to see the beautiful snowy Andean peaks.
    Up on the hill you will find a zoological garden, a restaurant, gifts shops, picnic areas and a chapel. On the neighbouring Tuphaue hill, close to the intermediary cable-car station there is a swimming pool and very interesting botanical garden (Jardín Botánico Mapulemu).
    The hill is also a popular perfect place to get some exercise, play sports or ride a bicycle.

    You can see more views from Cerro San Cristobal in this travelogue

    cable-car on Cerro San Cristobal
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    Landscape of santiago city great place

    by ezaguryk Written Feb 21, 2005

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    In the middle of the valley of Santiago you find Cerro San Cristóbal, very touristy place and also the people of Santiago goes on summer to spend time with their children, on the top you can find a Zoo, and a pool.

    You can go up in a funicular to a first point, find the zoo and the Virgin de la Immaculate Conception. Also you can take a cable car to go to the sector Tupahue were the pool is and view point of the city of Santiago, great parks.

    En el centro del valle de Santiago encuentras Cerro San Cristóbal, lugar muy turístico y también popular entre la gente de Santiago, que durante el verano a pasar tiempo con sus niños. Subiendo encuentras el parque zoológico, y una piscina, parques etc. Se puede subir un funicular a un primer punto, encuentra el parque zoológico. Sigues subiendo llegas donde se encuentra la Virgen de la inmaculada concepción. Allí también puedes tomar teleférico para ir al sector Tupahue donde esta la piscina es uno de los puntos mejores para ver toda la ciudad de Santiago, Tiene unos parque muy lindos.

    Cerro San cristobal

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    Cerro San Cristobal

    by sswagner Written Jan 14, 2005

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    This hill overlooks the city of Santiago. It has a large parklike setting. Besides the extensive views, there is a large statue of mary at the top and a shrine dedicated to her. At least one papal visit has occured in this place.

    Mary statue
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    Cerro San Cristobao

    by dargains Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    O Cerro San Cristobao esta localizado em um grande parque público da cidade de Santiago, é uma das poucas areas arborizadas da cidade, e também é neste parque aonde estão localizadas as piscinas publicas e o famoso teleférico dos cartões postais. No Cerro San Cristobao em si nós temos a grande estátua da Virgem Maria de braços abertos abençoando Santiago e também a clássica vista da cidade com os Andes nevados ao fundo, é claro desde que o tempo esteja limpo e sem fog.

    El cerro San Cristobao esta umbicado en un parque publico de la ciudad de Santiago, donde se quedan tambien las piscinas publicas y lo famoso telefeirco de los postales y e un los pocos sitios con grand quantidad de arboles en la ciudad. En el Cerro San Cristobao propiamente dicho, hay la estatua de la Virgem, de brazos abiertos a Santiago y la famosa paisage de la ciudad y los Andes nevados ao fundo, se no hay smog por supuesto.

    The San Cristobao Hill, is located in a public park in Santiago, this park is where there also located the public pools and teleferics, from the post cards, this park is also one of the few green areas of the city. In the San Cristobao hill it self what we have is the statue of the Holy Mari, with arms wide open blessing Santiago, and the classic view of the city with the snowed Andes in the background

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    Cerro San Cristobal

    by mev1976 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    This Hill is part of the Metropolitan Park, and is one of local centers to make sports during the weekend.
    The most attractive thing of this hill is that you can have a complete view of Santiago, and you can visit the state of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción. on the Top.
    Also you are going to find two swiming pool ( open just in summer time) the Enacoteca, where you can find chileans wines on sale.
    There is a cultural house open every day with fee concerts on sunday midday.

    You can take the Funicular to go up or the Teleferico, but if you want you can walk to the top, visiting the differents zones of this hill, you can find the Japanise garden and other nice places.
    There is handcraft market on the top, and also restaurants.

    Japanise Garden
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    Cerro San Cristobal

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 21, 2003

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    On top of this hill there's a statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the whole city. It can be seen from most points in the city.
    This hill, one of the Parque Metropolitano, is the tallest one and you can take lots of pictures from the top. There's a small church and some artcraft. There's also a restaurant and lots, lots of tourists.
    The easiest way to get up is to take the "teleferico". You can take it on the bottom and go straight up the top. They're small cable cars that go up the hill and you get some amazing views of the city.

    Virgin Mary on top of the Cerro San Cristobal

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    Cerro San Cristóbal

    by andal13 Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in the middle of Santiago. At the top, you will find an Inmaculate Conception statue, some attractions, arts and crafts shops and a belvedere, from where you have a nice sight of Santiago.

    El Cerro San Cristóbal está situado en medio de la ciudad. En la cima, se encuentra una estatua de la Inmaculada Concepción, varias atracciones, comercios de artesanías y un mirador, desde el cual se aprecia una linda vista de Sntiago.

    Inmaculate Conception

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    Going up Cerro San Cristobal

    by Popstar99 Written May 21, 2003

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    Take a ride on the Funicular or the Teleferico up the hill and enjoy a great view over the city .... if you get lucky, you might have a day without smog. The "Cordillera", the snowcapped mountain range is breathtaking.

    There are two ways to get up: From Pedro de Valdivia, or from the End of PIO Nono in the Barrio Bellavista. I recommend to go up from Pedro de Valdivia wth the Teleferico, feels almost a bit like in a swiss ski resort ;)

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    Trekking on CERRO SAN...

    by Free-South Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Trekking on CERRO SAN CRISTÓBAL

    {Picture shows a view of Santiago from near the top of the hill}
    Cerro San Cristóbal will offer you the very best views of Santiago. Get ready for a good trekking morning: you will be able to walk a lot there, if you want. There is also this 'funicular' elevator which takes you uphill - it's a nice thing to do. Lots of nature, parks, trees, there is even a zoo... The smog-covered Santiago will feel like hundreds of miles away once you're trekking on San Cristóbal. Fill in your lungs with the sweet scent of a central Chilean forest in summer! DON'T MISS IT! If you have only 2 days in Santiago and you like nature rather than bulidings, this is your place.

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    Cerro San Cristóbal - Funicular

    by al2401 Written Jan 2, 2012

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    You can get to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal by road or funicular. The funicular is much more fun.

    The funicular leaves from Plaza Caupolican 1-8pm Mon; 10am - 8pm Tues - Sun and costs CH$1400.

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