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Exploring Santiago from the Top of the Hill to the Bottom

One of the best places in Santiago is up the hill, in the Parque Metropolitano, where, you can escape the busy pedestrian streets, enjoy a great view of the city and relax away from the traffic, much like New Yorkers do in Central Park.

The trip starts with a lineup to the funicular, a national monument and a great way to get to the top of San Cristóbal hill quickly. Well, “quickly” may be pushing it a bit—the two carriages, with one displaying a memorial plaque commemorating his holiness John Paul II who rode in the carriage in 1987—run on a 45-degree incline and the 500-meter long trip takes a few minutes, long enough to take pictures and wonder whether you will make it to the summit.

Once up the hill, you can enjoy the view before climbing to the religious sanctuary commemorating the Immaculate Conception, right at the feet of the large statue of the Virgin Mary.

There used to be a cable cart travelling to the Pedro de Valdivia Norte neighbourhood, downhill, but it longer exists, so we walked. Well, mostly, we zig-zagged our way to the tall tower that looked really cool from afar. “Look, we are almost there!” I encouraged us as we were dripping with sweat on the side of the road. Yeah, right. “Almost there” if we had cut through the hill and tumbled down.

By the time we made it through the posh neighbourhood and to the tower, Mark was napping. That’s how long it took. The Costanera Center turned out to be a business and commercial complex that includes a six-floor shopping mall, and we enjoy the air-con for a while before heading back to the centre.

In the evening, we decided to climb the Cerro Santa Lucía, a small hill close to the hotel. The view wasn’t as good as from the Parque, but the fountain and monuments were nice.

My legs hurt. Too much climbing. But hey, at least, they are still hair-free!

Mapocho River
Mapocho River
Parque Metropolitano de Santiago
Parque Metropolitano de Santiago, Funicular to Estación Cumbre
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill,
Funicular
Funicular
San Cristóbal Hill
San Cristóbal Hill
San Cristóbal Hill
San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago from San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago from San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago from San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago from San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Statue of the Virgin Mary on San Cristóbal Hill
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Santiago
Cactus
Cactus
Costanera Center
Costanera Center
Costanera Center
Costanera Center
Costanera Center
Costanera Center
Downtown Santiago
Downtown Santiago
Subway
Subway
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
Castillo Hidalgo
At the Hotel
At the Hotel
Downtown Santiago
Downtown Santiago
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Mural Downtown Santiago
Mural Downtown Santiago
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Zhu

French woman in English Canada.

Exploring the world with my camera since 1999, translating sentences for a living, writing stories that may or may not get attention.

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