My time in Santiago was very short, I went on a day trip to write about what it was like to fly on Latam Airlines from Brazil to Chile and because of that, my hours in the city were counted. In addition to visiting some places that I already knew, I wanted to know the Sky Costanera.
The Sky Costanera is Santiago’s newest attraction, the viewpoint at the top of the tallest building in South America allows for a spectacular 360-degree view at 300 meters of the city framed by the Andes Mountains and is already a mandatory stop for who visits the city.
Sky Costanera is located on the 61st floor of Gran Torre Santiago, which is part of the Costanera Center Shopping complex and opened to the public last year and is already the best place to see the city from above.
How to get to Sky Costanera
Getting there is very simple, just take the red line of the metro and get off at Tobalaba station, there just follow the signs that indicate the exit to Shopping Costanera Center (Costanera Mall). The entrance to the tower is on the lower floor (Planta Baja) but everything is well signposted.
Entrance costs 5,000 Chilean pesos; children between 4 and 12 years old pay 3,000 pesos and people over 65 years old pay 4,000 pesos. From Friday to Sunday and on national holidays it is more expensive, tickets cost 8,000 pesos, children pay 5,000 pesos and seniors pay 5,500 pesos.
The ascent is super fast, I didn’t count but it should take about 40 seconds or less, prepare your ears because the pressure is strong.
how is the visit
The view is really beautiful, but it is so high that you can barely see the details from below, despite having a 360º view of the city, the best view is from the west, which is at the foot of the Andes Mountains and the peaks were covered with snow this winter.
Santiago is a city where it rains little and has good weather practically all year round, the downside is that pollution parks over the city and hinders the postcard view of the mountain ranges. There is always that brown fog, very similar to what we see when we arrive in São Paulo.
Another important point is that due to the position of the sun, the best time to visit Sky Costanera is from mid-afternoon onwards, the sun illuminates the Cordillera and everything is in golden tones. It is worth mentioning that the tower works until 22:00.
More information on the Sky Costanera website and in Portuguese: www.skycostanera.cl
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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