The Best View in Santiago

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The Best View in Santiago

Santiago is a place like no other.  The Andes Mountains surrounding the city is a stunning sight for one to see, but being able to see it all together isn’t always an easy feat.  While in the city, you’ll occasionally catch a glimpse of the impressive mountain range, but it often surprises you, as if you forget it is there.  Which is why during your visit you must venture to higher grounds.

The best view in Santiago has to be one where both the city and Andes Mountains are visible, and for that, there are two special places: Cerro San Cristóbal and Cerro Santa Lucía.  Both are parks with more to see than just the view, both feel strangely secluded from the city, and both are have beautiful views of the Santiago.  But, which one has the best?

Cerro San Cristóbal

The Best View in Santiago

Location: Parque Metropolitan

How to get there: Hike, bike, drive, or take the funicular

Price: $2,000 Chilean Pesos, or just under $4.00 USD, roundtrip on the funicular, there is also a toll fee if you drive up – price depends on the vehicle you are driving

Other attractions:  A large statue of Mary overlooks the city of Santiago.  There’s also a chapel, gift shops, places to grab a snack, and plenty of pretty flowers.

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

The View: There’s a lot to see from here, as you are relatively high up.  The day I visited, unfortunately, it wasn’t so clear, and the smog impacted my view a bit.  Still, the Andes Mountains were impressive towering over the cityscape, even if capturing the beauty was a bit more difficult than I anticipated.

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

Cerro Santa Lucía

The Best View in Santiago

Location: Santa Lucia and Av. O’Higgins

How to get there: Walk

Price: Free

Other Attractions: The park is full of fountains, statues, and buildings that look as if they belong to a castle. It’s fun to walk around and admire what’s there.

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

The view: Not as high as Cerro San Cristóbal, so the views are a bit different.  The buildings are more in focus and the mountains are clear behind them.  Here, you don’t get a full understanding of how large the city is or how the mountains entirely surround it.

The Best View in Santiago

The Best View in Santiago

Verdict: 

For me, the best view in Santiago, is Cerro Santa Lucía.  Not only could I have spent my entire day here, but I felt that I could get a better grasp on the city, along with its proximity to the Andes from this viewpoint over that of Cerro San Cristóbal.  Sure, it isn’t as high, and you can’t see the whole city, but for me, it was ideal.  It’s more like visiting the Top of the Rock in Manhattan, whereas Cerro San Cristóbal’s view is like that at the top of the Empire State Building.

The Best View in Santiago

Even so, I still think that a trip up to Cerro San Cristóbal is one that everyone who visits Santiago should make.  It’s beautiful and a nice escape from the city.  Plus, there’s enough to see at the top, including Mary, that you will be satisfied with your trip.

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Comments (25)

  1. Stef - foodandphotosrtw.com

    Thanks for the tip as I’m in Santiago in November 🙂 I only knew Cerro San Cristobal but now I will definitely go up Santa Lucía as well, hopefully there will be enough time.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m so excited for you! You should have plenty of time for Santa Lucía, as it’s in the middle of the city. Even if you just stop in quickly, I promise it’s worth it. 🙂

  2. Karisa

    Both views are really impressive! I’m partial to Cerro Santa Lucia-it looks so lovely and romantic! 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, Cerro Santa Lucia is the perfect mix of romance and views. I just loved my time there – even if I was alone!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Paul! Hard to take a bad shot. 🙂

  3. Ernie Martinez

    I can never tire of your travelogues, with you photos and comments I feel as if I’m there.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Aww, thank you, Ernie! That’s what I’m hoping to do. 🙂

  4. @mrsoaroundworld

    Looks lovely, Erin! Hope I can go there one day!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Mrs. O! I hope you can too!

  5. Anita Mac

    Looks fab…I don’t think I made it to San Cristobal when I travelled the region. Love the candle photo. Great views.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Anita! The candle photo is my favorite. 🙂

  6. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I am so glad you got to see and love a city I love so much! Great tips here. I would add the lounge at the Marriott Hotel (25th floor) which affords incredible views of the Andes especially at sunset) or a room around those floors for those without access to the lounge. I spent a LOT of sunsets at that lounge!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      OH, that sounds like the perfect place to view a sunset, Raul! Next time I visit, because there will definitely be a next time, I will check it out. 🙂

  7. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I LOVE looking at cities from above and would go for these views in a heartbeat!! Great photo of Santiago with the low-hanging clouds and mountains in the background. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Pola! Both views were pretty spectacular and special in their own ways.

  8. Traveling Ted

    Great tips for those looking to get a good view of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. I am sure you have just saved a lot of travelers a lot of leg work.

  9. lola dimarco

    That is so cool to see the city and the Andes together! If people are short on time when traveling there, they can decide which view to see thanks to your post! It might be me someday! haha

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, both great views, especially if you are short on time. I hope you get there one day, I think you would love it! 🙂

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  11. Anna from The Blonde Banana

    These both look amazing. I’m hoping to go to Chile in December and will have to take your rec!

  12. Fiona Barrows

    I was last in Santiago 9 years ago and I still remember the view from Cerro San Cristóbal. Breathtaking. The smog was bad when I was there too, which is a shame although I remember thinking the haze hovering over the city sort of added to its charm.

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