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San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)
San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal)

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575 Reviews
Avenida Alberto MacKenna, Santiago

The Basics

The hill's walking trails, picnic spots, and amphitheater are all dwarfed by the 72-foot (22-meter) Virgin Mary (Virgen de la Inmaculada) statue, erected in the 1930s on the highest point in the park (Pope John Paul II hosted mass here in 1984). Most guided tours of Santiago visit San Cristobal Hill, with some mountain bike tours offering a fun and popular way to get to the top. Alternatively, take a ride on San Cristobal's funicular, a steeply pitched railway starting at the PÌo Nono park entrance, or the slightly less expensive cable car, located at the Pedro de Valdivia Norte entrance. Both the funicular and the cable car make stops at the swimming pools and Chilean National Zoo on the way to the top.

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Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village

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Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
$159.00 per adult
A MOST ENJOYABLE TOUR
Our tour guide, Jan, is a native of the United States, as are we, so we had a wonderful time conversing with her. She is very knowledgeable about the area. We especially liked the cable car ride up San Cristobal Hill and the trip to Santa Lucia Hill for Panoramic views of the area.
DALE_H, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Santiago

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Great First Tour of Santiago
Carolyn, Mar 2020
Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal
Perfect first tour to get a lay of the land and major attractions. Our guide was very informative on current events and history of Chile. We had a wonderful half day tour with her and the driver. They were attentive and thoughtful on where they took us.
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Lovely tour
Collin, Mar 2020
Private San Cristobal Hill & Metropolitan Park Santiago Bike Tour
Excellent tour had a lovely time! Knowledgeable guide and good pace! Great way to see Santiago, better than the hop on and off bus by a long shot.
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Santiago neighborhood tour
gildavliempt, Oct 2019
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
We were picked up by our tourguide Sean on time to start our tour. We drove around town and at every point of interest we were given a extended explanation. We had enough time to make stops and take pictures. Sean even went out of his way to show us the university where our son is studying. Thank you for a great tour Sean.
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Great and informative tour of Santiago
byoung0416, Jan 2020
Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village
We were picked up right on time by Daniel Flores in a very new and comfortable vehicle. He made the tour much more interesting with his knowledge of the area to include many personal notes of his own life. Our visit to many historical sites and the details he provided on each made for a much more interesting and enjoyable tour. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a very successful tour on Santiago. While this tour took place during the culmination of what had been numerous riots etc. we felt very safe during the entire day we spent with Daniel.
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Magical Evening
Victoria B, Oct 2019
Private Night City Tour with San Cristobal Hill And Dinner Show
This was an excellent tour of the city, with special focus on Cerro San Cristobal. The tour guides gave a personalized and informative tour and were very conscious about timing our visit to the centerpiece of the city so that we climbed the hill at sunset. They drove us up most of the way and then we walked from there up to the glorious statue of Mary and magnificent views of the city at sunset with the snow-topped mountains in a pink haze and the Costanera building as a gleaming spire. They gave us a wonderful and fascinating overview of the main city sites as we drove to our restaurant, “Bali Hai”, where we had a folkloric dance performance from different areas of Chile, as well as a delicious meal. All in all, it was the perfect preview of Chile and the guides were very knowledgeable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The park itself is free, but there are parking fees and separate admission costs for the pools, the Chilean National Zoo, and the amphitheater.

  • Choose a tour that combines a day of shopping, sightseeing, or wine tasting with a visit to San Cristobal Hill.

  • Half-day sightseeing tours last about three to four hours, while full-day options are about eight hours long.

  • The Mirador Terraza Bellavista viewpoint, near the top of the funicular, hosts a snack shop and some souvenir stands.

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How to Get There

San Cristobal Hill is located about 5 miles (8.3 km) from central Santiago and the Plaza de Armas.

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When to Get There

The park is open daily, with the funicular running Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 7pm and on Monday from 2 to 7pm. Each attraction within the park as its own opening hours.

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Things to Do With Kids in Santiago

San Cristobal Hill is a great destination for both local and traveling families in Santiago. Other popular family-friendly sites include the Chilean National Zoo (set halfway up San Cristobal), the city's two swimming pools (Piscina Tupahue and Piscina Antilén), and the Plaza de Juegos Infantiles Gabriela Mistral, a playground with an interactive fountain.

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