There are three excellent places to see Santiago from above, two of which have already featured here on the blog: Cerro San Cristóbal and Sky Costanera, the tallest building in South America. But one place I also love is Cerro Santa Lucía.
hill in Spanish it means “hill”, and Cerro Santa Lucía is a medium-sized hill located right in the center of Santiago, it is 69 meters high and offers a 360 degree view of the city.
The hill has several entrances, but I like the main one located on Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, from where a staircase begins that leads to Fuente Neptuno, a beautiful fountain from which two parallel stairs lead to Cerro Santa Lucía.
The climb is a little tiring, there are many, many stairs interspersed with small and large viewpoints and walkways. It is not the type of tour for those with mobility difficulties, which is a shame as the views are incredible.
The tip is to take it easy on the climb, as it is quite pulled. Take it easy, stopping and observing the different angles of the city. There is also no shortage of places to sit under shade.
There are several viewpoints, bridges, stairs, passages, caves and even a waterfall. Cerro Santa Lucía is a place to explore calmly and when we think we are done, at the top there is a tower with an incredible view of the city and the Andes Mountains, the cover photo of this post.
How to get to Cerro Santa Lucía
It is located in the center of Santiago, close to the National Museum of Bellas Artes and Parque Florestal. The best way to get there is via Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.
The hill is between two metro stations, Santa Lucía – which is slightly closer – and Universidad Catolica Station.
And the good news is that you pay nothing to enter.
Here on the blog there is a super complete post with tips on where to stay and where not to stay in Santiago: Read here. But I will leave some tips below.
For me, Providencia is the best neighborhood to stay in Santiago. In the neighborhood we have easy access to most of the city’s attractions.
On my first trip I stayed at Hotel Boutique Tremo and it was an excellent choice. It was a small hotel, brand new, comfortable, with a good breakfast and a nice hot tub in the room.
On the second trip I stayed at another hotel nearby, the Mito Casa Hotel Boutique, which was also a great choice. The third time I was in Santiago, I stayed at the NH Ciudad de Santiago, which is a good chain hotel, so you can’t go wrong and I highly recommend it.
Another popular neighborhood is Bella Vista, I have friends who stayed at The Aubrey Boutique Hotel and loved it. Next time I would try to stay there.
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