Today, we walked above the city.
On my penultimate day of my summer holiday, before starting my new job, we headed off to a bit of the countryside in the city. Cerro San Cristóbal (St. Cristóbal hill) is the biggest hill in the middle of Santiago. You see it from all over the city!
You can get to the top by using the funicular, by biking or running up (which is very popular, even on the very hottest of days), or by walking. You can either walk along the main road which winds up the hill, or take one of the trails that go through forest like terrain. We chose the trail.
For the whole hour and 15mins that it took us to climb to the top, we only saw one other person! So, it definitely wasn’t the most popular choice, but we loved it! Apart from the hum of traffic below, you wouldn’t know you were in the city. The trees also provide shade for the whole way up, unlike the road which is very sunny and it’s still really hot here in Santiago!
Through the trees, you catch amazing glimpses of Santiago spreading out for miles to see, it really was an incredible view! Although, just like all views in Santiago, you do see that line of smog. It’s not that Santiago is really heavily congested with cars anymore than other capital cities are. But, Santiago is in a basin so the pollution has nowhere to escape due to the mountains so the pollution hangs out there. It actually looks worse in the photos than it did on the day. So trust me when I say that the view really was wonderful, I really enjoyed seeing it from up there on the hill! The huge tower is Latin America’s highest point, which I showed you the view from here.
Once reaching the top, you can views that go on, and on… and on.
On the way back down we took the road, rather than the trail as we wanted to see the Japanese Garden. Before reaching that, we stumbled across this beautiful looking building framed with bright pink flowers. We couldn’t quite figure out what it was, but it was pretty all the same.
The walk up Cerro San Cristóbal is a great way to spend the day or a few hours in Santiago. You can of course take the funicular and zoom up to the top at a much quicker pace!
Where have you seen great views?