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
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.
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.
Not far from La Chascona, you can catch the Funicular San Cristobal that ascends up to Terraza Bellavista, a station stip high up on the hill and above the city. From Terraza Bellavista you can climb up further to the summit where there is a huge statue of the Virgen de la Immaculada Concepcion. You can also ride on a cable car across the hill to Estacion San Cristobal and down to Estacion Pedro de Valdivia in Providencia. Near Estaction San Cristobel there are two swimming pools, Piscinas Tupahue and Antilen and only open in the summer, where you can swim and it's worth visiting the Jardin Japones, near Estacion Pedro de Valdivia. You can get great views down below of Santiago and its neighbourhoods although most of the time the smog can obsure the views but on a clear day you can see the Andes in the backgound.
Funicular - one way, 1,200 CLP (October 2007)
Teleferico - one way, 1,200CLP (November 2008)
The monument for Virgin Mary, the Inmaculate Conception monument is one of the major attractions of Cerro San Cristobal, a giant construction that you may see from most places in the city of Santiago. There is a small chapel under the monument, but it was under construction, while I was there.
One of the nicest ways to see Santiago is to take the Teleferico up there. You need to go to the Pedro de Valdivia entrance of Cerro San Cristobal and pay at the ticket box. A round trip for adults is 1,400 pesos and 800 pesos for kids. The teleferico operates from 10 am to about 8.30 most days of the week with slightly extended hours on Sundays and holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After visiting La Chascona, walk a block north and you're at the entrance to Parque Metropolitano at the base of Cerro San Cristobal. A funicular will take you close to the summit of the hill where a statue of Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción awaits. The statue is 72' tall and can be seen from miles away. It reminds one of Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ on a smaller scale but too bad about the radio towers and guide wires that are visible in the background. A zoo can also be visited part way up the hill. A tramway can deliver you down the hill toward the "Golf" area of Santiago or you can return via the funicular to visit the Bellavista barrio, now a swinging area jammed with bars and restaurants.
The easiest way going up Cerro San Christobal, is using the Funicular.
For prices and schedules se my transportation tips, and of course the official website.
There are different formulas, I did choose for the one with the Zoo included.
That means you go up and halfway you go out in order to visit the Zoo, and afterwards you continue your journey up the hill.
It was a nice experience visiting the jardin zoologica de Santiago. It can be easily done while you want to visit the San Christobal hill.
There were a lot of different animals. During my visit, the white tigers were my favourites.
I think they are pretty rare, I can not remember that have seen white tigers many times while visiting other zoos.
They just look great
And in the cage next door where the common tigers (Indian tigers?)